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Free Barron's Booknotes-The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams-Book Notes
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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST

_____ 1. Amanda frequently talks about her husband because she

A. still loves him in spite of the fact that he deserted her
B. fears that Tom will turn out to be like him
C. wants her children to know their family heritage

_____ 2. The setting of The Glass Menagerie is unrealistic because

I. it exists only in Tom's imagination
II. it is intended to be symbolic
III. Tom's memory of the details has faded

A. I, II, and III
B. I and III only
C. II and III only

_____ 3. Amanda recalls the gentlemen callers of the past whenever

A. the present becomes too painful to bear
B. she wants to impress others with her social background
C. Tom insults her

_____ 4. Laura usually listens to her mother's stories of Blue Mountain because she


A. enjoys hearing them
B. wants Amanda to enjoy recalling her girlhood
C. expects to learn how to be popular

_____ 5. Tom goes to the movies to

I. get away from Amanda
II. find adventure
III. compensate for the boredom of his life

A. I, II and III
B. I and II only
C. II and III only

_____ 6. Amanda and Tom get into an argument over

A. Tom's reading habits
B. money
C. Tom's indifference to Laura

_____ 7. Tom chooses to invite Jim O'Connor to meet Laura because

A. Jim and Laura knew each other in high school
B. he can't think of anyone else
C. he owes Jim a favor

_____ 8. The Paradise Dance Hall contributes to the play as a

I. symbol for temporary and illusory happiness
II. sign of the neighborhood's run-down condition
III. source of background music

A. I and III only
B. II and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 9. Laura gives Jim the broken unicorn because

A. she doesn't want him to forget her
B. she's grateful for his kindness
C. she wants him to have a wedding gift

_____ 10. Tom refers to cities as "dead leaves" because

A. they have no meaning to him
B. they have been destroyed by World War II
C. Laura is not with him

11. Why is The Glass Menagerie an appropriate title for this play?

12. Does this play have a villain? Explain.

13. To what extent is Tom responsible for his "two-by-four situation"?

14. Laura recalls how self-conscious she felt in high school while "clumping up the aisle. "How would you explain Jim's response that he "never even noticed"?

15. Which characters, if any, are better off at the end of the play than they were at the beginning?

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