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. When does Amanda tell Tom she will speak to him?

2. What makes Tom think that James is into self-improvement?

3. What does Amanda tell the children they have to do with their food that animals do not?

4. Who did Amanda say that a young lady would ask about a man's character to ensure he wasn't a drinker when she was younger?

5. What excuse does Ida Scott give Amanda for needing off the phone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Amanda ask Tom to do for Laura?

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

6. What does Tom warn Amanda about the gentleman caller that he has invited over?

7. How is the play conducted to show that it is a memory?

8. Why do you think Tom apologizes to Amanda?

9. How does Amanda describe the majority of her suitors and what became of them?

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

Describe the differences between Tom and Laura. What is it about their temperaments that have made them react so differently to Amanda? Do you think it is possible that she treats Laura and Tom differently? If so why and how?

Essay Topic 2

What was the significance in the story of showing that Amanda goes to D.A.R. meetings? Amanda mentioned a position that she was getting when she happened to stop into Laura's college. What kind of position do you think she would have been inducted ?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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