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. Eugene says of his mother in Act II, “She’s angry at the whole world. That’s why she’s making” what for dinner?

2. Eugene tells his brother in Act II, “Pop isn’t going to die. He ate” what “tonight”?

3. How much money does Kate give to Eugene to buy ice cream with in Act II?

4. How much money does Jack say he just paid the doctor in Act II?

5. Why does Eugene say his knee hurts in the beginning of Act II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did critics respond to the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs? How does the play fit in with Neil Simon’s body of works?

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

5. What do Jack and Stanley discuss after Stanley’s return home in Act II?

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

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

8. How is Blanche’s appearance described when she enters in Act II? What causes tension in this scene regarding Stanley’s income?

9. How is Brighton Beach Memoirs metaphorical for the onset of World War II?

10. Where was Brighton Beach Memoirs first produced? When did it premiere on Broadway?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Analyze Blanche’s options for independence in the play. Why did Blanche and her children move in with the Jeromes after Dave’s death? What types of jobs are available to Blanche in this economy? What does Blanche hope will come of her date with Frank Murphy?

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