Streamers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Cokes after he and Rooney finish singing their song?

2. What excuse does Carlyle make for his behavior (crawling on the floor)?

3. How does Richie finish the following statement: "cleanliness is ....."?

4. Why does Billy threaten Richie while they are mopping the bunks?

5. While recalling events from his hometown, what does Roger tell the others happened to the man in the phone booth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carlyle speak in the third person when talking to Richie about his (Carlyle's) behavior the night he passed out on the bunk room floor?

2. Roger tells Carlyle, "we both tole you it ain't goin' on here." What does this mean?

3. Why is Richie afraid of the Vietcong and war?

4. Why does Roger seem oblivious to the fact that Richie is a homosexual?

5. Explain the comparison Carlyle makes regarding "dealing trouble" and "smiling."

6. After Carlyle is cuffed, why does Carlye think that the lieutenant and MPs have no right to tell him what to do?

7. Why do Roger and Carlyle laugh at Richie when they leave to go to town?

8. Rooney makes a huge show about Cokes's boots. What makes Cokes's boots special?

9. At the end of the play, Cokes puts a lot of things into perspective for Roger and Richie. What does Cokes tell them?

10. What is a "streamer"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the tensions between Billy and Richie throughout the play. Why do the tensions exist for Billy? Why do the tensions exist for Richie? Are the tensions justified? Why/why not?

Essay Topic 2

What does Carlyle mean when he says, "it has been a long damn time...you ain't gonna put a stop to it," to Billy? What is Carlyle talking about? Could there be a hidden meaning to this statement? Be sure to use textual evidence to support.

Essay Topic 3

All of the characters have a flaw. Choose a character from the following list and describe their flaw. Use textual evidence to support the decision. Be sure to address the following questions in the essay: What is the character's flaw? Do others recognize the flaw? Do other characters depend on this flaw to use against the owner of the flaw? Does the character recognize their own flaw?

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