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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Kate’s response when Blanche tells her in Act I, “I’m going to pay you and Jack back someday. I don’t know when, but I keep my word”?
(a) I know you will, Blanche
(b) From your lips to the Irish Sweepstakes
(c) I need the money now
(d) I’m not worried about you paying us back

2. Eugene wishes that he’d been born into what heritage in the opening of Act I?
(a) Jewish
(b) Irish
(c) Italian
(d) German

3. Eugene says he believes his father is developing what condition as a result of Blanche’s situation in Act I?
(a) Glaucoma
(b) Migraine headaches
(c) High blood pressure
(d) Seasonal allergies

4. What is Blanche Morton doing when the curtain rises for Act I?
(a) Sewing
(b) Cooking
(c) Cleaning
(d) Doing dishes

5. Eugene tells the audience in Act I that he’s committed a mortal sin by doing what?
(a) Lusting after his cousin
(b) Committing adultery
(c) Lusting after his mother
(d) Stealing from a priest

Short Answer Questions

1. How many times does Eugene respond his mother has told him not to leave his things around the house in Act I?

2. What role did actor Peter Michael Goetz play in the original cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

3. What actress played the role of Nora in the original cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

4. What does Kate say she’s never done before in her life and “why should I start with my own family” in Act I?

5. What baseball team does Eugene dream of playing for in Act I?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the character of Kate Jerome described in Brighton Beach Memoirs?

2. What news does Stanley relate to Eugene in their room before dinner in Act I?

3. What conversation do Jack and Stanley have at bedtime in Act I?

4. How is the theme of responsibility illustrated in Act I of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

5. What concerns Jack Jerome during dinner in Act I? What does the family discuss?

6. What decision does Stanley reach regarding his job in Act I? How does Eugene help him?

7. What conclusion is reached regarding Nora Morton’s proposal to her family in Act I?

8. How is the Jerome house described in the stage directions for Act I? What comprises the first floor of the house?

9. Why does Eugene’s mother call him inside in the beginning of Act I? What does Eugene relate about his ambitions in this scene?

10. How are Stanley’s actions revealed as honorable in Act I of the play?

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