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Investigate the Vietnam War situation that existed during the time the play takes place, about 1965, relating your findings to the impressions of the conflict given in Streamers.

Research the use of war in twentieth-century American drama and, on the basis of your discoveries, create a list of ten plays that could be gathered into an anthology of quality works in which war plays a significant role. Justify your choices.

Investigate the civil rights struggle underway in the United States in the mid-1960s and relate your findings to the racial consciousness of the characters in Streamers.

Read Sticks and Bones and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, the other two plays in Rabe’s Vietnam trilogy and compare their themes, dramatic techniques, and plots with those elements of Streamers.

Restricting your inquiry to the 1960s or 1970s, research the use of the American stage as a medium of social protest, picking a subject like war, civil rights, or women’s liberation as a focal issue.

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