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 did Don leave to work at the hotel?

2. What has led to the decrease in tourism, affecting the hotel's business?

3. What does Don provide for the hotel guests?

4. Prior to stopping at the hotel, where were the girls with Harry sleeping?

5. What is Irene excited about seeing, if an air raid occurs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was significant about Harry and the woman who reminds him of Irene's original meeting?

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

3. How is the Hotel Monte Gabriele described in the beginning of the play?

4. How does Quillery make his entrance in Act 2, Scene 1, and why is he upset?

5. What was different about Irene when Harry first met her? What was similar about her?

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

7. What is it about Irene that Harry reveals as the reason he recognizes her, and why is this important?

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

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

10. Who are the heroes of Irene's story and how does it relate to the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Act 3, Irene is betrayed by Weber.

1) What does Weber use against Irene to betray her? How did she unintentionally contribute to it throughout the play? What are the possible motivations for Weber's reprehensible actions?

2) Describe how Irene responds at first, and then how she eventually views the betrayal. What new part of her character does it illustrate and why is it important to the rest of the play's events?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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