Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1 Abstract
* Before the first act of Street Scene begins, the setting of the play is explained in great detail: it is tenement housing in New York City.
* Abraham Kaplan, a Russian Jew, is sitting in his window reading a Yiddish newspaper.
* At the other side of the...
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