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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. Why does Blanche think Mitch will lose interest in her?

2. What does Blanche do in order to prepare for her night out with Stella?

3. Who does Blanche attempt to call?

4. In what city does the story take place?

5. Where does Blanche send Stella in order to get some privacy with Stanley?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Stella describe her relationship with Stanley?

3. What happens to let Blanche and Stanley to be alone together?

4. What happened on Stella's wedding night that horrifies Blanche, but Stella admits thrilled her?

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

6. What solution to the argument between Eunice and Steve does Stella find more practical?

7. What is Stella's explanation for Stanley's behavior the night before?

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

9. How could a reader describe Stanley Kowalski?

10. When Stella tells Stanley about the loss of Belle Reve, what is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spousal abuse is something indirectly addressed in this play. What are some examples of spousal abuse that occur? Why do you think Stella reacts the way she does? Do you think she believes she is being abused? Why or why not? Why does Blanche react the way she does?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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