Brighton Beach Memoirs 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. Who does the pitcher get the sign from before pitching in Eugene’s imaginary baseball game in the beginning of Act I?

2. Eugene says in Act I that one day he’s going to be a writer like whom?

3. Eugene claims that his grandfather died from what in Act I?

4. What school classes does Nora say aren’t “going to help me on the stage” in Act I?

5. What actor played the role of Eugene in the original cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Blanche Morton respond to the news that Nora Morton relates to the family before dinner in Act I?

2. What is Jack Jerome carrying when he arrives home at dinnertime in Act I? Why?

3. What do Kate and Blanche discuss alone downstairs after dinner in Act I?

4. How does Eugene’s character relate to the theme of responsibility in Act I?

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

6. What is Eugene Jerome’s role in the play? How does his character stand out in Brighton Beach Memoirs?

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

8. Discuss the narrative style of Brighton Beach Memoirs. What purpose does the use of direct address serve in the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the financial atmosphere of the Jerome household as depicted in Act I. How many jobs do each of the family members work? How easily are their expenses met? Why are finances a central point of concern in the family?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of family in Brighton Beach Memoirs. How important is family to the characters in the story? What symbolism supports this theme? How does this theme evolve in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the theme of honesty versus dishonesty in the narrative. Why do you think Kate encourages Stanley to lie about having lost the money in a poker game? Would this suggestion be brought about under different circumstances? Why or why not?

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