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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. When Stanley offers Blanche a drink, how does she answer?

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

3. What does Stanley grab roughly from Blanche's trunk?

4. What will Stanley be doing when the women are out?

5. Who is the muscular and unrefined auto parts supplier?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Stanley come home, leaving Stella at the hospital?

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

3. Why does Blanche tell Stella not to light the candles on the birthday cake?

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

5. Why is Blanche concerned about eating unwashed grapes?

6. What is the explanation that Blanche offers to Stanley for her odd, dressed-up appearance?

7. What has Stella told Blanche about her journey?

8. What really happened at Blanche's teaching job that caused her to come to New Orleans?

9. What does Blanche put on as she pulls her trunk into the center of the bedroom?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Belle Reve seems to be the last straw for Blanche's sanity and her life. But what really happened to Belle Reve? What do you think happened? Why has this affected Blanche in the way that it does? What other explanation could there be for the downfall of Belle Reve?

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

It could be argued that Stanley actually wants Blanche for his own as he is always focusing his attention on her and trying to find out more about her. What do you think about this theory? Do you think Stanley actually is attracted to Blanche? Why or why not? Do you think Stella sees this as a possibility? Why or why not?

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