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• Research paintings that are ‘‘street scenes,’’ perhaps landscapes of Claude Lorrain, a French artist who influenced Rice when he wrote Street Scene. Pick one and compare it to the play.

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• Discuss Street Scene in terms of ‘‘realism,’’ the artistic and literary movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

• In what ways could the Maurrants avoid their sad situation by the end of the play? Would better communication have prevented the murder?

• Research trends in urbanization and suburbanization in this time period. Why does Rose believe that she and her family would have a better life outside of the city? Would their lives really be better in the suburbs?

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