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. Who is Achilles Weber?

2. Where does Irene indicate a desire to be, in the first scene of Act 2?

3. Who does Irene talk to at the end of Act 2's opening scene?

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

5. Where does the beautiful model, Irene, say she is from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the captain tell Harry about Irene's situation and how does it affect the way Harry might look at it?

2. Who is Weber and what does Quillery inform Harry of in reference to his profession?

3. How does Harry end the second scene of Act 2, and what do the guests signify with their activity?

4. Why does Quillery object to Weber's line of work and what is his theory on who is paying for it?

5. In response to Dr. Waldersee's assessment of his opinions, what does Quillery say about the doctor's research and where he will end up?

6. Where does Harry remember Irene from during their conversation?

7. 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?

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

9. What comments does Harry make about Weber? What does Irene say to Harry in response to his thoughts on Weber, and what are her possible motives?

10. Who interrupts Harry in Act 2, Scene 2, and what statement does that make?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the final act, Irene tells Harry about her feelings for him and who she really is.

1) Why does Sherwood wait until the end of the play for Irene to reveal her identity to Harry and confirm his suspicions about her? What is the dramatic literary effect of this?

2) Describe a possible scenario of what could have happened if she had told him earlier. Would it have prevented her dilemma? Why or why not?

3) Explain why it was necessary for Irene to be in this amount of danger in order for her to admit her identity. How did Harry's response influence her decision?

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

How do the Cherrys represent the British attitude as it relates to war? How do they represent the British involvement in the war? In what ways do their characters provide a contrast to the other characters from different countries? What does that contrast add to the plot?

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