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, according to Blanche, must a single girl keep a firm hold on so she will not be lost?

2. Blanche just wants ____________.

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

4. Why did Blanche lose her teaching job?

5. When do Mitch and Blanche arrive back home after their date?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Blanche put on as she pulls her trunk into the center of the bedroom?

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

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

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

8. When Stanley begins to eat his pork chop with his hands, how does Stella respond?

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

10. How does Stanley break down Blanche's fantasy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spousal abuse is something indirectly addressed in this play. What are some examples of spousal abuse that occur? Why do you think Stella reacts the way she does? Do you think she believes she is being abused? Why or why not? Why does Blanche react the way she does?

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

Stella seems like a timid and weak character at first glance, but is this really the case? Give three examples of times when Stella is actually a strong force with which to be reckoned. How does she assert herself as someone who is able to take care of herself, even if Stanley does have his way with her?

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