A Streetcar Named Desire- Context Quiz

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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.

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Question 1

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In which year was the play first published?
Answer
  • 1947
  • 1957
  • 1945
  • 1865

Question 2

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In which year was the play first performed?
Answer
  • 1998
  • 1947
  • 1965
  • 1902

Question 3

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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].
Answer
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • New Orleans
  • Laurel
  • Poland
  • Thomas
  • Timothy
  • Ted
  • Will
  • Stanley
  • very strong Southern
  • Eastern European
  • British
  • Polish
  • weak Northern
  • an aggressive
  • a passive
  • an affectionate
  • an alcoholic
  • a drug addict
  • homosexual

Question 4

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Which two characters can be linked to Williams' sexuality (not just his homosexuality, but also his promiscuity)?
Answer
  • Blanche
  • Allan Grey
  • Stella
  • Mitch
  • Eunice

Question 5

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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.
Answer
  • Rose
  • Daisy
  • Blanche
  • Stella
  • schizophrenia
  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • asthma
  • a pre-frontal lobotomy
  • regular chemotherapy
  • insulin injections
  • an inhaler
  • a vegetative
  • a hysterical
  • an aggressive

Question 6

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When did the American Civil War start and end?
Answer
  • 1914-1918
  • 1936-1939
  • 1939-1945
  • 1861-1865

Question 7

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'In the American Civil War, the North supported the slave trade.' Is this statement true or false?
Answer
  • True
  • False

Question 8

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Who won the American Civil War, and what did that entail?
Answer
  • 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

Question 9

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Slavery was abolished in [blank_start]1865[blank_end].
Answer
  • 1865
  • 1936
  • 1965
  • 1861
  • 1877
  • 1902

Question 10

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[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].
Answer
  • New Orleans
  • Mississippi
  • Laurel
  • Texas
  • acceptance
  • narrow-minded views
  • inequality
  • diversity
  • racism
  • homophobia
  • harsh policing

Question 11

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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.
Answer
  • 30
  • 40
  • 20
  • 50
  • high
  • low
  • didn't trust
  • trusted
  • American Dream
  • Old South

Question 12

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When was the Second World War?
Answer
  • 1939-45, before the play
  • 1914-18, before the play
  • 1961-65, after the play
  • 1947, during the play

Question 13

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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
Answer
  • Stanley
  • Stella and Eunice
  • Stella
  • Blanche

Question 14

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In which state is New Orleans?
Answer
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming

Question 15

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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]
Answer
  • agriculture
  • industrialisation

Question 16

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What year was Tennessee Williams born?
Answer
  • 1911
  • 1865
  • 1914
  • 1936

Question 17

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How did Williams die?
Answer
  • Choking on a bottle cap, surrounded by wine bottles and pills
  • Suicide by shooting himself, like Allan Grey
  • Schizophrenic delusions leading to heart failure
  • Alcohol poisoning

Question 18

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Which family members was Williams especially close to?
Answer
  • His cousins, who offered financial support
  • His grandparents, who offered emotional support
  • His aunt and uncle, who paid his university fees

Question 19

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How many universities did Williams attend between 1929 and 1940?
Answer
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Question 20

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After a brief running at the Shubert, what was the name of the theatre in which the play premiered in New York?
Answer
  • Barrymore Theatre
  • Apollo Theatre
  • Gershwin Theatre
  • Beacon Theatre

Question 21

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For 14 years, Williams was in a relationship with Frank Merlo. Which word best describes their relationship?
Answer
  • Faithful
  • Infidelity
  • Abuse
  • Peaceful

Question 22

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Which family member heavily influenced the character of Stanley Kowalski?
Answer
  • Williams' father
  • Williams' grandfather
  • Williams' brother
  • Williams' cousin

Question 23

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Which literary genre was Williams' influenced by? It included authors such as William Faulkner and Edgar Allan Poe.
Answer
  • Southern Gothic
  • Northern Gothic
  • American Romanticism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Restoration literature

Question 24

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At the end of this quiz, click 'Review All Answers' to see expansions, explanations, and evaluative comments linked to the answers. For example, characteristics of Southern Gothic or the relevance of the play being performed in Barrymore Theatre. Click 'True' to conclude the quiz.
Answer
  • True
  • False
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