Idiot's Delight Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of music does the hotel feature?

2. Who will Dr. Waldersee be a pawn for, according to Quillery?

3. What does Quillery think about Dr. Waldersee's research?

4. Who does Quillery say will benefit from the war?

5. What are the Cherrys talking about when Act 2 opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Quillery do to provoke the attention of the Italian soldiers?

2. How does Harry respond to Irene's dilemma in Act 3?

3. How do the Italian soldiers respond to Quillery in Act 2, Scene 2, and what does it represent? What is Harry's role in the altercation and what is surprising about the way Quillery chooses to respond to him?

4. What is interesting about Irene and Weber's relationship as they talk in the second scene of Act 2?

5. Who is Quillery and what are his thoughts on the war?

6. What is a possible motivation for Irene's reaction to Weber's business practices?

7. What do the Cherrys reveal to Harry as he joins them in the beginning of Act 2, and what are they concerned about?

8. What effect does the appearance of Italian soldiers have on the hotel, and what do the soldiers do to surprise them?

9. What is the nobility in Harry's actions at the end of the play, and why do they stand out compared to other heroic acts?

10. What is Weber's role in Act 2, Scene 3, and what does it signify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 2, Scene 3, Irene and Harry finally have the chance to talk away from the other guests.

1) How were the two characters portrayed in a way that established a connection or relationship between them from the beginning of the play? Why is that important to the story?

2) Describe what makes Harry the person who understands Irene better than the other guests. How does his character traits make him the best person to connect with her?

3) In what ways are Harry and Irene similar? What are some important differences between them? How do these similarities and differences contribute to their connection? Why is their relationship so important to the play's central theme?

Essay Topic 2

Describe in detail Irene's story about her adventure as she relates it to Harry. What specific parts of it are possible reasons for why Harry doubts her? Also, what is significant about the role of the Americans in her story and how does it relate to Harry's role in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Idiot's Delight is set in the Hotel Monte Gabriele. Explain the significance of the guests and their backgrounds. How do they establish the main theme of the play?

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