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 research does Dr. Waldersee do?

2. As Don and Irene discover at the end of Act 1, how many countries can be seen from the main window of the hotel?

3. Why are the Cherrys upset over the war?

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

5. Which of the following best describes Hotel Monte Gabriele's location?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Irene and Weber discussing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2, and why is it significant?

3. What is interesting about the exchange between Irene and the captain towards the end of the play?

4. What are some of Irene's surprising comments about air raids?

5. What is Weber's decision in Act 3, and how does it affect Irene's fate?

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

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

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

9. What is interesting about how Weber explains his role in the success of his business?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irene is a central character in the play and the impact of her arrival can be felt immediately.

1) How does Irene cause the other guests to take notice of her? Describe three examples of how her character maintains a level of intrigue and mystery that sets her apart.

2) What is it about the hotel that impresses Irene? What is the significance of the view she appreciates in the main window and how does it foreshadow future events in the play?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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