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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 Stella say about the event in #56? I was sort of ________ by it.

2. Where does Stanley go to get a drink?

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

4. What does Mitch bring when he arrives at the door?

5. Who is the one person that Blanches does not meet right away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who lives at 632 Elysian Fields, as the play opens in "A Streetcar Named Desire"?

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

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

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

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

6. Who is playing poker with Stanley at the beginning of Scene 3?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Stella, it seems, left her family in order to be with Stanley. Why do you think she deserted Blanche? Or is that not the case? Why do you think Stella stayed away from Blanche, not even introducing her to her husband? Or was the estrangement mutual? Why or why not?

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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