The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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The Glass Menagerie Test

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If the statement is correct, mark it “C.” If it is not correct, mark it “NC.”

  • Tom Wingfield is a dynamic character in the play.
  • The conclusion of the play is very ironic.
  • The setting of the play is a small apartment in St. Louis during the Depression.
  • Tom’s closing speech is angry and accusing.
  • Amanda’s primary motivation is greed.
  • Although she is afraid to face her mother, Laura tells Amanda when she stops going to business school.
  • Only three of the characters try to escape their present reality.
  • The picture of Amanda’s husband shows him as a handsome young World War I soldier.
  • Tom as narrator says the play is a sentimental memory play.
  • The screen that is part of the setting appears only in the scenes before the gentleman caller appears.
  • Amanda grew up in the South when racism was the norm.
  • Amanda tells her children that their father had been her most popular and prominent suitor
  • Amanda never uses the fire escape.
  • Amanda’s describing unmarried women who must depend upon others to support them is an example of dramatic irony.
  • Tom breaks some of Laura’s glass after a terrible argument with his mother.
  • Amanda says that Tom reminds her more and more of her husband.
  • Tom speaks to the audience several times during the course of the play.
  • Tom understands Laura much better than Amanda does.
  • When Jim comes to dinner, Amanda wears a party dress she had worn as a young woman in the South.
  • Laura is nervous but very happy when she realizes who is coming to dinner.
  • Jim calls Tom “Shakespeare.”
  • Both words and pictures are projected onto the screen during the play.
  • When Tom calls the fire escape “the terrace,” he is speaking with verbal irony.
  • Jim and Laura sit together on the floor for a while during their scene together.
  • Jim tells Laura he won’t be seeing her again before he tells her he is engaged.
  • Amanda is furious with Jim when she hears he is engaged.
  • Amanda believes that Tom knew Jim was engaged.
  • “Then go to the moon—you selfish dreamer!” are the last words Tom hears from his mother.
  • After leaving home, Tom kept moving because something was pursuing him.
  • After Tom’s leaving, Amanda abandons Laura, as well.

Short Answer Essay: Which specific elements make The Glass Menagerie an unusual play to stage?

Match the definitions and examples from the play with the terms on the right. You will use some of them more than once.

A. the fourth wall

B. plot

C. internal conflict

D. theme

E. atmosphere

F. dialog

G. monolog

H. situational irony

I. symbol

J. protagonist

K. external conflict

L. setting

M. props

N. narrator

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A test over the play, drama terms, and related literary terms; includes objective test items and a short answer essay question; key included.