The Glass Menagerie Study Guide

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Where was Tennessee Williams born?
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Columbus, Mississippi.
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What was one of Williams 1st published work, which was published when he was 16?
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Can a Good Wife be a Good Sport.
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Which play was Williams first to be produced and performed?
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Cairo, Shanghai, Bombay.
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Williams received his first Pulitzer Prize for which play in 1948?
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Streetcar Named Desire.
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How did Williams apparently die?
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Choking on an eye drop bottle cap.
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When and where does The Glass Menagerie take place?
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1930’s and in St. Louis, Mississippi.
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Where does Tom work?
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At a warehouse.
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What does Tom long to be?
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A merchant marine.
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What were the last words the Wingfields hear from their Father?
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Hello- Goodbye.
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Where is Laura supposedly attending classes?
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Rubicam Business College.
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Why does she quit these classes?
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She is nervous in front of other people.
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What does Amanda believe to be Laura’s only option since she quit school?
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Get a gentlemen caller.
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For what reason does Amanda conduct a telephone campaign in order to make extra money?
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To help pay for extra things that will help Laura get a gentleman caller.
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According to Tom, where does he spend most of his nights?
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A movie theater.
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Why does Tom spend his nights there?
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To get away from reality.
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What, according to Tom, is many by instinct?
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\” A hunter, a lover, and a fighter\”.
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After Tom apologizes for his comment during the \”fiasco,\” what does Amanda guilt him into doing?
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Help find Laura a gentleman caller.
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What was Jim’s nickname for Laura in High School?
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\”Blue Roses\”.
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How did Laura feel about Jim in High School?
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She liked him.
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Why does Tom not pay the light bill?
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He uses that money to pay for the Merchant Marines.
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Which is Laura favorite piece from her glass collection?
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A unicorn.
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What is Laura’s reaction after Jim accidentally breaks here favorite piece of glass?
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She doesn’t care that he broke it.
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What might Laura’s reaction to the broken figurine symbolize?
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Jim has helped her get on the right track to becoming normal.
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What action does Jim immediately regret doing? Why?
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Kissing Laura. He is going to get married soon.
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What does it mean when Tom ask Laura to \”blow out your candles.\”?
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He wants to try to forget about Laura.

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