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The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams

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1. Where does Tom work?

2. What does Tom like to write?

3. Where does The Glass Menagerie take place?

4. At the beginning of the play, where is Laura supposedly attending classes?

5. The Glass Menagerie is a “memory play.” From which character’s memory is it drawn?

6. For what does Amanda conduct a telephone campaign in order to make extra money?

7. Amanda returns a library book that Tom has checked out. Who is the author of this book?

8. The action of the play is set nearest to which era of American history?

9. According to Tom, where does he spend most of his nights?

10. What is Amanda most concerned that Tom’s friend, the gentleman caller, not be?

11. In what is Jim taking night courses?

12. For whom did Tom’s father work?

13. What do the Wingfields have instead of a porch?

14. What is Laura’s favorite animal among her glass figurines?

15. What is Jim’s nickname for Tom?

16. What class did Jim and Laura have together in high school?

17. Of what origin is Jim’s family?

18. Why did Jim call Laura “Blue Roses”?

19. How does Tom plunge the family into darkness?

20. For what does Tom pay membership dues with the money earmarked for the abovementioned bill?

21. What is across the alley from the Wingfields’ apartment?

22. Why will Jim not call again on the Wingfields?

23. What, according to Tom, is man by instinct?

24. What does Amanda make Tom promise that he will never be?

25. How did Tennessee Williams refer to the 1960s?

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