The Philadelphia Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philip Barry
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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 Sandy comment on as he greets Mike?

2. What does George joke about when first meeting Mike and Liz?

3. What does Dinah ask Margaret about Tracy and Dexter?

4. What does Tracy ask Dinah to help her with at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

5. What do Tracy and Liz agree on about marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What examples does Liz use to illustrate her point about the way a name doesn't always reflect character?

2. Why was George angry at the pre-wedding dinner, and what reason does Tracy give for her actions?

3. What do Tracy and Seth dispute over before her pre-wedding dinner, and why does it affect Tracy?

4. What does Mike tell Tracy about her upcoming marriage at the pool, and how does she respond?

5. What important lesson does Tracy say she has learned from Mike as they are at the pool? How does he respond?

6. What does Dexter reveal about their marriage in Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1, and why does it make Tracy stop and think?

7. What is the conversation between Dexter, Dinah, and Uncle Willie in the beginning Act 3 about, and what does it mean to the plot?

8. How does Dinah present herself for the first time to Mike and Liz, what is she trying to accomplish, and how do Mike and Liz react?

9. What do Tracy and Mike decide about the previous evening's events and the wedding? Also, how does Tracy begin to realize exactly what might have happened?

10. What is Dexter's wedding present to Tracy and why is it symbolic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Lord family, their social class, and their priorities. How is their main priority integral to the theme of the play? Which members of the family illustrate it the most and why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the steps the Lord family takes to correct the situation they are in and why it is significant to Tracy's personal situation. How does it affect her development? Does it make it easier or more difficult? Why?

Essay Topic 3

As Mike and Liz are talking, they analyze what people's names might represent. How are Dexter and George pre-judged based on their names alone? Do those judgments turn out to be right or wrong? Why? What point does Liz make about Mike's name? Why is that relevant to the way he is viewing Dexter? What other examples does Liz use to illustrate her point that you cannot always judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a people by their names?

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