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 does Blanche call Stanley and Mitch?

2. What does Stanley offer to Blanche?

3. About what does Mitch ask Blanche?

4. With whom did Blanche find her husband in bed?

5. Blanche's visitor asks why he has never seen her __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Mitch is an interesting character from the start. He doesn't seem to be like the others, and yet, he doesn't really seem to have a grip on his life or his future. Why do you think Mitch falls for Blanche? Why do you think he can't get past her sordid past? Would these two have made a good couple? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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