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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 does Eunice solve her problem with Steve?

2. Stanley finds out that Belle Reve was lost through a ___________.

3. Where is Stella when Stanley meets Blanche for the first time?

4. What does Stella say about the event in #56? I was sort of ________ by it.

5. What is Harold Mitchell's nickname?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Blanche do when she finds a bottle of whiskey in Stella's apartment?

2. Why is Stanley taunting Blanche more at this point in the story?

3. What is Blanche afraid of in terms of her relationship with Mitch?

4. Why doesn't Stella introduce Mitch to Blanche when they arrive home from their night out?

5. What happens after Stanley throws the radio out of the window?

6. What proof does Stanley find that makes him believe that Blanche may have spent an inheritance?

7. How does Blanche mock her sister's desire?

8. Who lives at 632 Elysian Fields, as the play opens in "A Streetcar Named Desire"?

9. What happens between Blanche and the teenage boy that comes to collect for the newspaper?

10. How does Stella describe her relationship with Stanley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the poker game seems to be a metaphor for the rest of the play. It's a game of strategy, of deception at times, and only one person can win. How does Stanley and Blanche's relationship compare to this game? What are some other ways that Stanley is playing games with Blanche and with his wife?

Essay Topic 2

The setting of Elysian Fields seems to be a depressing one. Give three examples of things that surround Elysian Fields that add to its feeling of depravity and gloom. Do you think that a change of setting would have changed the story? Why or why not? How does the setting affect each of the four main characters?

Essay Topic 3

Stanley is an incredible brute as displayed in the play. His temper and his anger seem to be terrifying to read, but yet, Stella says it excites her. Do you believe Stella when she says this? Why or why not? What do you think Stella sees in Stanley that no other person can see?

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