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 Amanda say that Tom should have done the minute he accepted Tom's invitation?

2. What does the instructor tell Amanda happened to Laura?

3. What does Tom call Amanda's plot to get Laura a gentleman caller?

4. What was it that Laura asked Tom to do before she left for the store?

5. Amanda tells her son Tom to not push his food with his fingers. What does he suggest he push with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Amanda tell Tom that most people get their adventure at?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the reason that Laura quit her college classes?

7. What are the names Tom tells his mother that he is called at the opium dens?

8. What reasons are discussed for the lack of gentlemen callers that Laura will be receiving that evening in scene one?

9. Why do you think Tom apologizes to Amanda?

10. What does Amanda tell Tom to wait on before he leaves for the merchant marines?

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

Jim kissed Laura and then explained that he was engaged. Do you think that this tarnishes his character? Does it make you think less of him than you did before? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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