Edexcel- A Level English Language and Literature (2018)- A Streetcar Named Desire. This quiz contains 23 questions about the historical, social and cultural context of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Much of this information can be used to inform evaluative comments in the Paper 1 question, or serve to support your analysis. At the end of the quiz, click 'Review All Answers' for in depth explanations/expansions on each answer.
Tennessee Williams was born in [blank_start]Mississippi[blank_end], with the birth name of '[blank_start]Thomas[blank_end]'. He earned the nickname 'Tennessee' for his [blank_start]very strong Southern[blank_end] accent. His father was often [blank_start]an aggressive[blank_end] man and also [blank_start]an alcoholic[blank_end].
very strong Southern
a drug addict
Which two characters can be linked to Williams' sexuality (not just his homosexuality, but also his promiscuity)?
Williams had a sister called [blank_start]Rose[blank_end]. She was believed to have [blank_start]schizophrenia[blank_end], and had [blank_start]a pre-frontal lobotomy[blank_end] in an attempt to cure it. Unfortunately, it left her in [blank_start]a vegetative[blank_end] state. Williams sometimes likens his sister's vulnerability in her mental state to that of Blanche, highlighting her innocence.
a pre-frontal lobotomy
When did the American Civil War start and end?
'In the American Civil War, the North supported the slave trade.'
Is this statement true or false?
Who won the American Civil War, and what did that entail?
The North- abolition of slave trade, emphasis on American Dream, disappearance of Old South ideals e.g. Southern Belle
The South- continuation of the slave trade, emphasis on gentlemanly behaviour, Southern Belle was important element of a household
Slavery was abolished in [blank_start]1865[blank_end].
[blank_start]New Orleans[blank_end] is the setting of A Streetcar Named Desire. In the 1940s, it was renowned for its [blank_start]acceptance[blank_end] and [blank_start]diversity[blank_end].
In the 19[blank_start]30[blank_end]s, America suffered the Great Depression. This involved [blank_start]high[blank_end] unemployment rates and debt, but meant that, following WW2, America increased in prosperity. However, there were two major effects: the upper classes [blank_start]didn't trust[blank_end] the lower classes, and men started believing in the [blank_start]American Dream[blank_end]: that men should work hard and receive the fortune they deserve.
When was the Second World War?
1939-45, before the play
1914-18, before the play
1961-65, after the play
1947, during the play
The role of the Second World War
[blank_start]Stanley[blank_end]: Fought in the war, aggressive and controlling as a result
[blank_start]Stella and Eunice[blank_end]: Gained more independence during the war, but quickly lost it when the men returned and reclaimed their jobs. The baby boom that follows can be linked to [blank_start]Stella[blank_end]'s pregnancy
[blank_start]Blanche[blank_end]: slept with young soldiers while still in Laurel
Stella and Eunice
In which state is New Orleans?
The Old South: largely based on [blank_start]agriculture[blank_end], particularly with plantations
The New South: largely based on [blank_start]industrialisation[blank_end]
What year was Tennessee Williams born?
How did Williams die?
Choking on a bottle cap, surrounded by wine bottles and pills
Suicide by shooting himself, like Allan Grey
Schizophrenic delusions leading to heart failure
Which family members was Williams especially close to?
His cousins, who offered financial support
His grandparents, who offered emotional support
His aunt and uncle, who paid his university fees
How many universities did Williams attend between 1929 and 1940?
After a brief running at the Shubert, what was the name of the theatre in which the play premiered in New York?
For 14 years, Williams was in a relationship with Frank Merlo. Which word best describes their relationship?
Which family member heavily influenced the character of Stanley Kowalski?
Which literary genre was Williams' influenced by? It included authors such as William Faulkner and Edgar Allan Poe.
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