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. Where are Irene and Weber at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

2. Weber's former wife left him because his income came from what?

3. Who wounded Irene during her adventures?

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

5. What are there many of in California, according to Irene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry is the only one who sees through Irene and questions her stories about her background.

1) What does Irene's reaction to Harry's skepticism reflect in her character? What are the possible motivations for her to respond in that way?

2) What does Harry's recollection of Irene signify? Why is his recognition of her so important to the main theme? How does it possibly put them both at risk?

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

Explain the contradicting messages that Harry gets in Act 3 from the captain and Irene. Is the captain trying to reassure Harry for his own personal sake or is it to ease Harry's mind? How does Irene convince Harry that she is in danger? What do the reasons she provides mean to the plot?

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