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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. Eugene claims in Act II, “I’d give up writing if I could” what?
(a) Have a date with a girl
(b) See a girl naked while I was eating ice cream
(c) Travel to Europe and fight in the war
(d) Play for the Boston Red Sox

2. Where does Stanley work in Brighton Beach Memoirs?
(a) A candy store
(b) A pharmacy
(c) A hat store
(d) A shoe store

3. Kate tells Blanche she’ll find out for her how much whose house rents for in Act II?
(a) The Andersons’
(b) The Petermans’
(c) The Murphys’
(d) The Potoks’

4. What does Jack do for nine hours a day for his primary job?
(a) Assembles car parts
(b) Drives a taxi
(c) Sells ice cream
(d) Cuts raincoats

5. How old does Blanche say her husband was when he died in Act II?
(a) 41
(b) 38
(c) 36
(d) 42

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Blanche going to dinner for her date in Act II?

2. The letter to Blanche in Act II says, “I tried to reach you earlier, then realized you had no” what?

3. How much money does Eugene say is his “life’s savings” stored in his cigar box in Act II?

4. Eugene tells Stanley in Act II that their father threw the newspaper at him for what reason?

5. What does Kate tell Laurie she’s made for dinner tonight in the beginning of Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Stanley decide to leave home in Act II? What does he ask Eugene for before he goes?

2. How effective was Neil Simon in integrating drama and comedy in his writing of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

3. How is the relationship between Eugene and Laurie illustrated in the play?

4. What criticisms did Neil Simon receive for the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

5. How does Eugene respond to Stanley’s departure in Act II? Who does he go to talk to about the situation?

6. How does the relationship between Blanche and Kate evolve through the narrative?

7. How does Kate respond when Stanley confesses the truth about his salary in Act II?

8. What causes the internal conflicts faced by Blanche Morton in the play?

9. How much time passes between the end of Act I and the opening of Act II? How has the household changed?

10. When does Stanley return home in Act II? Why does he decide to return?

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