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 is Richie's sexual orientation?

2. According to Cokes's and Rooney's song, what must a paratrooper count to before pulling the cord to his shoot?

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

4. Since Rich missed dinner to take care of Richie, what does Billy bring him from the mess hall?

5. At the end of Act 1, what does Richie do to Carlyle to get Billy to yell at him?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Billy finally levels with Richie about the flirting, what does he say?

2. Although Carlyle tells Richie when they are alone in the bunk room that all he wants to do is talk, Richie does not believe him. What does Richie believe that Carlyle wants?

3. What does "standing tall" mean to the men in the bunk room?

4. Why did Roger continue to talk to Billy when they first met in P Company?

5. Why does Carlyle hate the Army?

6. What happened when Billy was sixteen that made him want to become a priest?

7. Why does Carlyle get angry at Billy and Roger for keeping him and Richie apart?

8. Why does Rooney claim that Billy, Roger, and Richie are not in the Army?

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

10. Why does Carlyle call Roger a "Tom"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of Richie's "tall tales." Discuss why you believe Richie tells the story. Is there any truth behind the story? Why do you think Richie feels he must stretch the truth?

-What goes on in war: snakes and elephant dung

-The story about his dad leaving and being on TV

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At times, the only color in the play that seems to matter is "Army green." What makes the racial lines blur? Are there poignant racial stereotypes that surface? Be sure to include textual evidence.

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