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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

The idea of putting on a good appearance for others is something Blanche takes very seriously, adjusting her makeup and always making sure she smells good. Why do you think Blanche cares so much about appearances, not just her own? What do proper appearances mean? What do the other characters in the story feel about appearance?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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