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. What term refers to the method by which the narrator of Brighton Beach Memoirs speaks to the audience?

2. At what theater does Nora say she has to go to in order to audition for the Broadway musical in Act I?

3. Who complains of a splitting headache as Eugene plays imaginary baseball in the beginning of Act I?

4. How many bedrooms are described as being seen by the audience upstairs in the Jerome house in the stage directions for Act I?

5. At what time of day does Act I open?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. What comprises the second floor of the Jerome house, according to the stage directions in Act I? How is the setting related to the themes in the play?

9. What is the central conflict for Nora Morton in Act I of the play?

10. How does Eugene describe his cousin Laurie Morton in Act I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the playwright’s allusions to Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs. How many musicals were produced on Broadway in 1937? What were these musicals like? What musical does Nora want to audition for?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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