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Free Barron's Booknotes-A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST

_____ 1. Blanche proposes that Stella and she escape from Elysian Fields because Blanche

A. feels threatened by the lifestyle of the place
B. knows that her younger sister feels trapped by the circumstances of life
C. wants company when she leaves New Orleans

_____ 2. When Blanche calls Mitch her "Rosenkavalier," she is

A. trying to impress him with her knowledge of opera
B. poking fun at his awkwardness
C. having a bit of harmless fun

_____ 3. Mitch asks Blanche why she attempted to enjoy their date even though she didn't feel like it. His question

I. shows that Mitch is naive
II. reveals that Mitch does not understand Blanche's values
III. illustrates the clash of cultures you find in the play

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


_____ 4. Stanley feels obliged to tell Mitch about Blanche's degenerate past because he

A. wants to destroy Blanche's chance to marry Mitch
B. doesn't want his old army buddy to be fooled
C. will feel guilty if he doesn't

_____ 5. In addition to being the name of a streetcar, "Desire"

A. refers to the love between Mitch and Blanche
B. symbolizes the life force in Blanche and other characters
C. stands for Blanche's self-destructive personality

_____ 6. Blanche tells the truth about

A. the loss of Belle Reve
B. her activities in the hotel called Tarantula Arms
C. Shep Huntleigh

_____ 7. Stanley can't abide Blanche because

I. she interferes with his sex life
II. she considers herself superior to him
III. of her numerous pretenses

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

_____ 8. Elysian Fields is often called a jungle and its residents described in animal terms largely because

A. the play is full of violence
B. the language of the play reflects Blanche's point of view
C. it's a dangerous place to be

_____ 9. Mitch and Blanche are attracted to each other because both

I. have been in love with people who died
II. feel out of place in the brutal world around them
III. are lonely and in need of love

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

_____ 10. Blanche is committed to an asylum at the end of the play

A. to symbolize the victory of brutality over gentility
B. as poetic justice for her sinful life
C. to keep her safe from further harm

11. In which ways is the conflict between Stanley and Blanche more than a mere disagreement between two incompatible people?

12. How does Tennessee Williams create the mood for Streetcar?

13. How does Stella try to bridge the gap between Blanche and Stanley?

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