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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 Blanche pour onto her handkerchief before she wipes her brow?

2. Where does Blanche take Stella during her argument with Stanley?

3. What does Stella ask Stanley to do for Blanche?

4. How long has Blanche been staying with the Kowalskis?

5. To what does Blanche compare her sister's desire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Blanche tell Stella about her reason for coming to New Orleans?

2. What does Blanche suggest they do in order to leave Stanley and the "situation" behind?

3. What does Blanche confess to Mitch about her life?

4. Why does Blanche think has happened to Mitch that he is not at her party?

5. What else does Stanley reveal about Blanche in regards to her reputation in Laurel?

6. What shows that Stella is not upset about the previous night's events anymore?

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

8. What does Stanley reveal to Stella about Blanche, that he found out additionally?

9. Why is Blanche concerned about eating unwashed grapes?

10. How does Blanche prepare herself after Mitch rings the doorbell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The landlords that live above Stanley and Stella seems to foreshadow the future to which Stella and Stanley can look forward. Is Eunice and Steve's relationship a healthy one? Why or why not? What makes them a couple whom Stella and Stanley can admire? Anything? What is their purpose in the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Stanley is obviously having a good time making Blanche squirm as he reveals her deception. Why do you think he enjoys this so much? What does Stanley stand to gain from finding out the lies about Blanche? Do you think Stanley feels badly at all about Blanche's life up to this point? Why or why not?

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