Idiot's Delight Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Harry signal to happen after Quillery exits?

2. What kind of people consider Weber a villain, as Irene tells Harry?

3. Who comments on Harry's singing and dancing after Irene leaves in Act 2, Scene 3?

4. How did Harry work his way through college?

5. What kind of lights does the hotel feature?

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

As Harry and Irene talk while waiting for the impending war, many symbols are introduced.

1) Champagne is usually a drink people have when they are celebrating something. What is interesting about the fact that Harry and Irene are drinking champagne at this particular time? What might they be celebrating?

2) As the bomber planes approach for their retaliation, the captain pleads with Harry and Irene to hide and seek cover. How do they respond to his request and what does that symbolize for their characters and their outlook on the situation?

3) How is music used in this part of the play? What is the significance of Harry being at the piano and the type of music he is playing? What does the request Irene makes symbolize for her character?

4) How has Harry been presented throughout the play that makes him the natural person to stay with Irene? What do you think the biggest factor was in his decision to return to the hotel was? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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