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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 have the men been eating during their poker game?

2. What is Harold Mitchell's nickname?

3. What does Blanche find to drink as she is waiting in Stella's apartment?

4. Who is the author of the quote on Mitch's cigarette case?

5. Where are Stella and Blanche planning to go together?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Stella decides to go watch Stanley bowl?

4. What does Stella reveal about Mitch and what does she think of him?

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

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

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

8. What do Stella and Blanche intend to do the night after Blanche arrives?

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

10. How could a reader describe Stanley Kowalski?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the end, Blanche is taken away, seemingly crazy and in need of help. But what are the signs that might have indicated she was mentally unstable long before she was taken away? Give at least three signs that Blanche needed mental health attention. Do you think she was actually crazy? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Blanche is a character that has known much pain in her life. Give three examples of horrible things that have happened in her life. How have these events seemed to change her? Do you think she would have fared better in life had these events not happened? Or were these events necessary for her to experience? Why or why not. How responsible was she for causing each event?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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