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. As Billy and Roger contemplate Carlyle's enlistment into the Army, why does Billy claim Carlyle is in the Army?

2. Why does Roger tell Carlyle that he got such a nice room in the Army?

3. What did Cokes do to the man in the spider hole?

4. What object is at the foot of each of the bunks?

5. Why does Richie believe the suicide attempt was made?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richie make fun of Billy's vernacular?

2. Why does Billy believe himself to be a busybody?

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

4. 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?

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

6. What does Roger tell Billy he "better learn"?

7. Why does the lieutenant's actions towards Roger speak to the stereotypical assumptions regarding the crime scene?

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

9. Why does Billy have a problem with Carlyle turning off the lights in the bunk room?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Who do you believe the strongest character in the play is? The weakest? Why do you believe this to be true? Be sure to use textual evidence to support the decision.

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