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. According to the stage directions, what color are the shades that cover the lights?

2. According to Cokes, what makes the "gooks" yellow?

3. Why does Roger want to stay at the barracks instead of going downtown with Carlyle?

4. Why does Carlyle refuse to get off of the floor and into bed?

5. When talking about their pasts, what does Billy say his friend, Richie, did to his girlfriend one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carlyle claim that the Vietnam war is not their (Carlyle's and Roger's) war?

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

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

4. What is wrong with the lieutenant's statement: "two perfectly trained and primed strong pieces of U.S. Army property cut to [expletive] up in here"?

5. Why doesn't Roger allow Richie to tell Cokes about what has happened to Rooney?

6. What does Richie mean by the "real Richie" is in Manhattan, and the other Richie is sitting in the Army reading a book?

7. Why does Billy have such a hard time with the sexual relationship that Carlyle and Richie are alluding to happening in the bunk house and not somewhere else?

8. Why does Richie think that Roger would understand the problems associated with being homosexual?

9. Why does Richie become stunned at Billy's comment: "that you go down; that you go up and down like a Yo-yo and you go blowin' all the trees like the wind?"

10. What is Carlyle's problem with education?

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

Throughout the play, Billy repeatedly denies Richie's homosexuality. Why does Billy do this? What is Billy afraid of? Does Billy think that Richie is a threat? Be sure to use textual evidence to support your standpoint.

Essay Topic 3

Of all of the men in the play, who do you believe will/could go the furthest in their military career? Why? What character traits make this character the most likely to succeed?

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