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. What happens when Mitch doesn't pick up the phone?

2. About what does Mitch ask Blanche?

3. About what does Blanche tell a joke?

4. What did Blanche begin to be known as in Laurel?

5. Where did Mitch and Blanche go for their date?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mitch turn down a drink from Blanche?

2. What else does Stanley reveal about Blanche in regards to her reputation in Laurel?

3. How does Blanche explain her fear of being seen in the light?

4. Why does Stanley think Mitch will not come to Blanche's birthday party?

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

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

7. When Stella confronts Stanley on the porch about his rude behavior, what does Stanley say?

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

9. Why is Stella afraid for Blanche as she realizes that Blanche's past has caught up with her?

10. Why does Blanche think has happened to Mitch that he is not at her party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The landlords that live above Stanley and Stella seems to foreshadow the future to which Stella and Stanley can look forward. Is Eunice and Steve's relationship a healthy one? Why or why not? What makes them a couple whom Stella and Stanley can admire? Anything? What is their purpose in the play?

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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