Brighton Beach Memoirs Test | Final 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. Where does Blanche say she knows a woman she can stay with while she looks for work in Act II?

2. What kind of ice cream does Laurie say she wants for dessert in Act II?

3. Blanche says in Act II, “We’re all poor around here, the least we can be is” what?

4. What does Kate tell Stanley to tell his father about the missing money in Act II?

5. Stanley makes Eugene promise him that he’ll do what in the future in Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What autobiographical elements can be seen in Brighton Beach Memoirs?

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

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

4. What gift does Stanley give to Eugene in Act II? What is Eugene’s response?

5. How does the conflict escalate between Kate and Blanche in Act II?

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

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

8. Who has sent the letter with Laurie in Act II? What news does the letter relate?

9. What has Neil Simon noted in terms of his relationship to Brighton Beach Memoirs and its autobiographical elements?

10. What causes the initial conflict between Kate and Blanche in Act II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrative style of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Eugene’s role as narrator in the play. What is the “fourth wall” of the theater and how does Eugene’s narration break the fourth wall? What is this style of speaking to the audience called?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the internal conflicts presented in Act I within the characters of Eugene, Stanley, Kate, Blanche, Nora, and Laurie. How do these conflicts differ from external conflicts? How do these conflicts drive the plot of the story forward?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the character of Stanley Jerome in the play. How old is Stanley? What kind of relationship does he have with his younger brother? How is Stanley regarded by his parents?

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