Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the set.
Before the first act of Street Scene begins, the setting of the play is explained in great detail. There is a walk up tenement style apartment located in a dodgy, dilapidated part of New York City, built in the 1890s. It has a four-tiered stoop leading to double wood doors. The janitor's apartment is located just below street level, beneath the stoop. A sign reads, "Flat to Let. 6 Rooms. Steam Heat." The audience is able to see the first floor windows and the bottom of the second story. To the left there is a partial view of the attached building, a storage warehouse under heavy construction. The house to the right is being demolished.
2. Describe the lighting and the character in the window.
The janitor's apartment windows are lit, as are those in the first floor. There is a red light coming from the demolition site. Abraham Kaplan, a Russian Jew, is sitting in his window reading a Yiddish newspaper. He is an older man, past sixty years of age, with gray hair and horn-rimmed glasses.
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