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. Who is the boy that Laura states she liked once?

2. How big is the moon that night?

3. Tom said that there was a terrible fight between what two people?

4. When listing her past gentlemen callers what does Amanda say happened to Bates Cutrere.

5. What two words does Amanda say when Laura tells her hello?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do you think Tom apologizes to Amanda?

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

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

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

7. What do Tom and Amanda wish for on the moon in scene five?

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

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

10. At the end of scene three what does Tom say to Amanda that makes her angry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on what we know of the characters and the stories told about the father what kind of personality can you deduct that he may have had? Describe how you think the courting process went between Amanda and her husband. If you think it is contrary to Amanda's stories then explain why.

Essay Topic 2

With the father gone there is obvious strain on Tom who is forced to take the role as the main income of the house and remain a son at the same time. Do you believe that Amanda has had to sacrifice much? Given the era and the limited role women had do you believe that Amanda could have done more for her children? 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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