The Glass Menagerie 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 does Laura say when Amanda announces Laura is going to find someone to marry?

2. As soon as Laura is out the door Tom and Amanda hear her cry out. Why does she cry out?

3. What is the gentleman's position at the warehouse?

4. What does Amanda want Laura to do when she calls her from the kitchen?

5. What does Tom say he would rather do than go to night school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the things Tom lists that he hates about the warehouse?

2. What does Amanda seem concerned about when she learns that Laura has dropped out of college?

3. What reasons does Tom give for them not expecting to much of Laura in regards to the gentleman caller?

4. What does Tom tell Amanda that they are going to have the following night?

5. What is Tom's role in the play?

6. In what way does Amanda tell Tom she wouldn't mind him emulating his father?

7. Describe the places where Laura visits while she was supposed to be in her college classes.

8. What are some of the things that Amanda wants Laura to do instead of clearing the table in scene one?

9. What does Amanda tell Laura she needs to cultivate?

10. Describe what Amanda wears to her D.A.R. meetings.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think it is that Amanda try's to control her children the way that she does? Do you believe that she became this way after her husband left or that her behavior caused him to leave. What do you see in the play that makes you think that?

Essay Topic 2

We are given a lot of background information about Jim from both Laura and Tom. What does it tell us about his nature to have all this information before we even meet the character? What does it tell you about Jim that he has roughly the same job as Tom after succeeding so well in high school?

Essay Topic 3

Jim breaks the unicorn in Amanda's glass collection. She says that it may be a blessing because now that one can fit in with the horses and won't be all alone. Do you think that this is a reflection of what Jim did to Amanda? Do you think that he has chipped away the part of her that kept her separate from the others like her? What makes you think that?

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