Brighton Beach Memoirs Test | Final Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 133 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Brighton Beach Memoirs 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. At about what time does Act II open?

2. What does Kate tell Stanley to tell his father about the missing money in Act II?

3. What book is Laurie reading when Eugene comes to her room to talk in Act II?

4. How old does Blanche say her husband was when he died in Act II?

5. How much time passes between Acts I and II of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did critics respond to the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs? How does the play fit in with Neil Simon’s body of works?

2. What other plays are connected in the trilogy that includes Brighton Beach Memoirs?

3. What news does Stanley relate to Eugene in their room in the beginning of Act II?

4. What autobiographical elements can be seen in Brighton Beach Memoirs?

5. When does Stanley return home in Act II? Why does he decide to return?

6. How is Blanche’s appearance described when she enters in Act II? What causes tension in this scene regarding Stanley’s income?

7. How does the relationship between Blanche and Kate evolve through the narrative?

8. What has Neil Simon noted in terms of his relationship to Brighton Beach Memoirs and its autobiographical elements?

9. How does the conflict escalate between Kate and Blanche in Act II?

10. How does the Jewish heritage of the Jerome/Morton family play into the metaphorical interpretation of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the character of Eugene Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs. How old is Eugene? What are his aspirations? What are his relationships like within his household and family? How does Eugene change in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the character of Stanley Jerome in the play. How old is Stanley? What kind of relationship does he have with his younger brother? How is Stanley regarded by his parents?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the internal conflicts presented in Act I within the characters of Eugene, Stanley, Kate, Blanche, Nora, and Laurie. How do these conflicts differ from external conflicts? How do these conflicts drive the plot of the story forward?

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