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 does Quillery prefer over war?

2. What does Irene order when she goes to the bar in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

4. What does the captain speculate at the end of the first act?

5. Who are above war, according to the Cherrys?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Quillery relay to the hotel guests about the Italian military, and what is his frame of mind?

2. What is the doctor's decision in the final act and what does it represent?

3. In the larger theme of the play, what do the Cherrys represent?

4. What is Irene telling Harry about in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What does Dr. Waldersee think of Quillery's views on the war?

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

10. How does Harry respond to Irene as they talk alone and he listens to her, and why does he not share very much information about himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Weber is portrayed in a different way than the other characters. What impression does he first make and why did Sherwood choose it for the character? What is significant about the way Weber responds to the hotel in comparison to some of the other characters, like Harry and Irene? What does it tell the audience about Weber and how does it lead to his actions in the future.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Quillery's actions in the second scene of Act 2. What has him so enraged? Do you think he is justified? Why or why not? Also, describe what happens to him and what that represents for the theme of having characters reflect the war.

Essay Topic 3

How does Harry contribute to the mood of the hotel guests? Describe three instances where he provided a diversion for them to shield them from the dangers of war. Why is this an essential part of his character?

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