This is a very tricky question. I got it wrong too, because of over looked the bean's home interface and mis-interpreted to the bean's component interface. I think jdiscuss's explanation is correct.
Back to your assumption:
Because for a Stateful bean , no two instances are ever alike..
It depends on what you are referring to: the bean instances on the sever side, or the bean references on the client side.
You may have two object references (on the client side) pointing to the same stateful session bean, e.g. the 1st was obtained directly from say home.create(100), and the 2nd was from the handle of the 1st reference.
Which of the following statements regarding an enterprise bean's environment are correct?
1.The container provides the tools that allow the deployer to create and manage the enterprise bean's environment. 2.Enterprise bean instances can modify the values of the environment entries at runtime. 3.The deployer sets and modifies the values of the environment entries by editing the enterprise bean's deployment descriptor. 4.Enterprise bean instances obtain the values of the environment entries from the enterprise bean's deployment descriptor. 5.Enterprise bean instances use the JNDI interfaces to obtain the values of the environment entries. Answers 1 and 5 are correct. Answer 2 is incorrect because enterprise bean instances can only read the values of the environment entries at runtime and are not able to modify them. Answers 3 and 4 are incorrect because the deployment descriptor is used to define only the environment entries, as opposed to the values that the enterprise bean expects to be provided at runtime.
Can someone explain a bit in detail why 3 and 4 are wrong?...as far as i remember we specify even the values in Deployment Descriptor
OCMJEA/SCEA, SCDJWS, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4
My SCEA experience:http://javalogue.blogspot.com/