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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. As Richie is discussing the war with Billy and Roger, who does he claim hangs snakes by the tail in dark caves waiting for soldiers to enter and be bitten?
2. Who are the two black characters in the play?
3. While recalling events from his hometown, what does Roger tell the others happened to the man in the phone booth?
4. In the beginning of Act 1, what does Martin tell Richie he does every morning when he wakes up?
5. Why does Richie think that Roger would understand problems associated with being homosexual?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the comparison Carlyle makes regarding "dealing trouble" and "smiling."
2. When Billy finally levels with Richie about the flirting, what does he say?
3. Why does Roger believe that just because you tried it (homosexual activity) doesn't make one a homosexual?
4. Why is Roger so willing to accept Carlyle and his behavior?
5. Roger tells Carlyle, "we both tole you it ain't goin' on here." What does this mean?
6. Why doesn't Roger allow Richie to tell Cokes about what has happened to Rooney?
7. What does Roger mean when he says to Billy, "every black man in the world ain't like me"?
8. Rooney makes a huge show about Cokes's boots. What makes Cokes's boots special?
9. Why does Billy say that he would rather face "freezin' cold" than snakes?
10. Why is Carlyle jealous of Billy, Richie, and Roger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose a character from the following list. Write a character analysis including information including the answers to the following questions: Who are they as a person? What do they want in life? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses?
Essay Topic 2
Choose from the following list a character and discuss the/any stereotypes related to the character. Be sure to address the following questions in the essay: Does the character fall into a typical stereotype? Why/Why not? How do they align with a particular stereotype? How do they stray from a particular stereotype? Do those around them see them as falling into a particular stereotype? Do they see themselves in alignment with a particular stereotype? Be sure to use textual evidence to support decisions.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the division between the enlisted men (Billy, Roger, Richie, and Carlyle) and the officers (Rooney and Cokes). Which group seems to be more stable? Is this normal? Who would have gone further as a group? Why?
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