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. How long does Jack say the Murphys have lived across the street in Act II?

2. What flavor ice cream does Jack tell Eugene to get for his mother in Act II?

3. Blanche says before exiting upstairs in Act II, “For people like us, sometimes the only thing we really own is our” what?

4. Of whom does Jack say in Act II, “That child is pampered too much”?

5. How is Blanche’s demeanor described when she descends the stairs for her date in Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Jack and Kate Jerome argue in the beginning of Act II?

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

3. What news does Stanley relate to Eugene in their room in the beginning of Act II?

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

5. What other plays are connected in the trilogy that includes Brighton Beach Memoirs?

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

7. What do Blanche and Nora discuss when Nora arrives home in Act II?

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

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

10. What news does Jack Jerome receive via a letter in the mail in Act II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Plot Structure

a. Discuss the plot structure of Brighton Beach Memoirs. In what ways is the narrative related and what effect does this have on the reader or audience member?

b. How does Brighton Beach Memoirs compare with other Broadway plays written during this time period? Are there specific stylistic elements that can be seen in Neil Simon’s writing?

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