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1

What are the meanings of the DuBois sisters’ names?

Blanche - “White”
Stella - “Star”
DuBois - “of the woods”

2

What happens during the climax of the play?

Stella is taken to the hospital to give birth. Blanche and Stanley finally face off; Stanley is implied to have raped Blanche

3

Where does Streetcar take place?

In New Orleans

4

What happened to Blanche’s first love?

He killed himself - it is implied that he was gay, and that Blanche either rejected or threatened to out him when she discovered this

5

What is Belle Steve?

The DuBois family plantation. Its name means “beautiful dream”

6

Why does Stanley get angry over the loss of Belle Reve?

He believes that Louisiana’s Napoleonic Code entitles him to his wife Stella’s wealth, and believes Blanche either squandered it or is hiding it from them

7

What does Stella blame Stanley’s abusive tendencies on?

Poker night and drink

8

Who are the three principal characters of A Streetcar Named Desire?

Stella Kowalski, her husband Stanley, and her sister Blanche DuBois

9

Why was Blanche supposedly driven from town?

“Loose” behavior - possible prostitution as well as preying on at least one underage student

10

What seedy hotel is Blanche associated with?

The Flamingo

11

What is Blanche’s chief insult when it comes to Stanley?

She believes he is common and vulgar

12

Who does Blanche take an interest in?

Mitch, one of Stanley’s friends

13

What is Stanley’s profession?

Doctor

14

What happens to Blanche’s potential romance with Mitch?

Stanley tells Mitch about all the rumors surrounding Blanche’s personal life

15

What was Blanche’s profession?

English teacher

16

Who does Blanche believe she is going to visit at the end of the play?

Shep Huntsleigh, a wealthy friend she wishes to seduce

17

How does the play end?

Stella, overwhelmed and desperate to not believe Blanche was attacked by Stanley, sends her to a mental asylum. Whether Stella can truly have a life with Stanley after this is left unanswered