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A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams

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1. What subject did Blanche teach at Laurel High School?

2. How does Mitch verify the stories Stanley tells him about Blanche?

3. Where does Stanley see Eunice after her fight with Steve?

4. Where does Blanche meet Mitch?

5. Which of the following songs does Blanche sing while taking a bath?

6. What poet does Williams quote in the epigraph to A Streetcar Named Desire?

7. Which of the following bonds is not shared by Mitch and Stanley?

8. What type of music was playing when Blanche’s young husband committed suicide?

9. Where is Shep Huntleigh from?

10. Stella left Belle Reve after the death of which family member?

11. Which of the following events occurs first?

12. Which of the following accurately describes Elysian Fields?

13. What does Blanche say caused her family to lose Belle Reve?

14. What does Blanche pretend to find when Mitch comes by while Stella is in labor?

15. Who lives upstairs from Stanley and Stella?

16. What does Stella profess she likes to do for her sister?

17. What does Blanche give the Young Collector?

18. Which of the following does not function as a symbol in A Streetcar Named Desire?

19. Why is Blanche grateful to the doctor in the final scene?

20. What doesn’t Blanche know?

21. Where is Stella when Blanche first arrives at Elysian Fields?

22. Why did Blanche leave her job as a schoolteacher in Laurel?

23. What material is Mitch’s jacket made from?

24. What sound does Blanche always hear before the Varsouviana music in her head stops?

25. What does Stanley buy Blanche for her birthday?

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How was Blanche's rape inevitable

by PoeticProclivity, September 03, 2012

I don't understand your view of how Blanche's rape, In which you stated, "Blanche's most visceral experiences are illusions and repressed memories that torment her, so that her rape seems an almost inevitable consequence of her psychological pain." How exactly, in anyway, is Blanche's rape inevitable? Did she appeal weak stimulating Stanley's carnal desire to conquer Blanche's threatening, bourgeoisie personality?

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fundamental gentlemanliness: I don't think it means what you think it means.

by ParisCoffee, March 06, 2014

Wait, wait. Mitch -doesn't rape someone- and that makes him a gentleman? C'mon. That's a pretty low bar for "gentleman" isn't it? That word has a specific meaning and it is for sure not "doesn't commit a horrible, violent crime even though he wants to."

I think the wording you're looking for there is something other than "fundamental gentlemanliness." There is a whole lot of daylight between simply not being a violent criminal and being a gentleman.

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Stella?

by kdiepholzeghs, August 28, 2014

I am failing to see how Stella is not a major character -- and especially how Mitch is considered to be MORE major than her.

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