A Streetcar Named Desire Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are they searching for in Blanche's bag?

2. What has Stanley said that Blanche has been doing all summer?

3. What did Blanche and her husband dance the night she confronted him?

4. Who does Blanche reveal as her young husband who died?

5. What does Stella describe her sister has having always been?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Stanley is obviously having a good time making Blanche squirm as he reveals her deception. Why do you think he enjoys this so much? What does Stanley stand to gain from finding out the lies about Blanche? Do you think Stanley feels badly at all about Blanche's life up to this point? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The light is something that Blanche tries to avoid at all costs - which might be seen as symbolic as well. Why do you think Blanche wants to avoid being seen in the light? What does this say about her character? Is this something that might be a signal of her failing mental health? Give examples of how she tries to avoid the light.

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