A Streetcar Named Desire Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where does Stanley go?

2. Why does Stanley come home?

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

4. What does Blanche hear after she opens Stanley's gift to her?

5. What kind of liquor does Blanche find?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Mitch confused about the signals that Blanche has been giving during their date?

3. What does Blanche suggest she and Mitch do when they arrive in the Kowalski's apartment?

4. How does Blanche prepare herself after Mitch rings the doorbell?

5. How does Stanley explain his ethnic background to Blanche?

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

7. What does Stanley reveal to Stella about Blanche, that he found out additionally?

8. What is Stella's explanation as to why Blanche is so flighty?

9. What does Blanche confess to Mitch about her life?

10. Where do Mitch and Blanche go for their first date?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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