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 Rooney's (L.B.J.) MOS?
2. What does Roger claim will happen to Sarge (Rooney) within one year?
3. What is Richie's sexual orientation?
4. Roger asks Billy if he would rather fight a war in the freezing cold or one where there were "awful ....". Awful what?
5. According to the stage directions, how many lights hang at the center of the ceiling?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Richie mean by the "real Richie" is in Manhattan, and the other Richie is sitting in the Army reading a book?
2. Why does Billy have a problem with Carlyle turning off the lights in the bunk room?
3. Why does Carlyle think that he must teach Billy a lesson for throwing a shoe at him?
4. What does Carlyle mean when talking about "the black man's problem"?
5. Why does Carlyle get angry at Billy and Roger for keeping him and Richie apart?
6. 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?
7. Why does Richie agree with Billy in regard to saying that there is something wrong with Carlyle?
8. Explain the comparison Carlyle makes regarding "dealing trouble" and "smiling."
9. Why does Carlyle hate the Army?
10. Why is the fact that Roger smokes contradictory to his other behaviors?
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Explain the differences between Roger and Carlyle. Be sure to address their individual standpoints on the Army, homosexuality, race, and friendship.
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