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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. The legal papers that Stanley finds describe how the DuBois men exchanged the land for their epic ___________.

2. From whom has Stanley gotten information about Blanche?

3. What does Blanche say to Stanley about how she feels after her bath? She feels _________.

4. Where does Stella decide to go in order to join Stanley for the evening?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the men attempt to calm Stanley down?

3. What has happened to Belle Reve, according to Blanche and to the papers she shows Stanley from her trunk?

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

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

6. How does Stella describe her relationship with Stanley?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alcohol seems to fuel many of the fires in this story. And while everyone drinks, it seems that Blanche tries to hide it in some instances. Why is this? Do you think that if alcohol was removed from this story, the events would have played out differently? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Stella seems like a timid and weak character at first glance, but is this really the case? Give three examples of times when Stella is actually a strong force with which to be reckoned. How does she assert herself as someone who is able to take care of herself, even if Stanley does have his way with her?

Essay Topic 3

The rape of Blanche is hard to define in this play as the play was written in a time when the mere thought of rape was inconceivable. Why do you think Tennessee Williams decided to use a rape scene in this play? What does it say about Stanley? What does this scene say about Blanche? Was this scene necessary? Why or why not?

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