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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 does Blanche attempt to call?

2. What does Stanley do when Stella asks them to wrap up their game?

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

4. When did Blanche meet this old beau?

5. What does Stanley caress as they make up after their argument?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Mitch first make small talk with Blanche?

5. How could a reader describe Stanley Kowalski?

6. What has Shaw revealed to Stanley about Blanche?

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

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

9. How does Stella describe her relationship with Stanley?

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

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

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 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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