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. How many times does Liz tell Tracy she has been married?

2. What talent does Liz have, as revealed by Mike to Tracy?

3. What does Tracy think Mike's "toughness" is?

4. What does Mike deny to Liz at the start of Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1?

5. What does Dinah tell Dexter at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Mike changed in Act 3 and why is it significant?

2. What is the reason for Seth's arrival and what does he sense in Tracy?

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

4. 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?

5. What does Tracy intentionally inject into her first conversation with Mike and Liz and why?

6. What is significant about the way Dexter and George both arrive at the house while Tracy and Mike are in the pool?

7. What is the setting and major upcoming event established as the play opens?

8. Which one of Mike's stories does Tracy single out and what does it signify?

9. What does Mike say to Tracy after the pre-wedding dinner that she responds to, reminding her of Dexter?

10. How does George view being featured in the magazine, and why does it surprise Tracy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, what were the 3 events that impacted Tracy's transformation the most? Describe them in detail, including which characters they involved and why. Also, use the play to explain why you chose those events as the most meaningful.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe 2 examples of how Dexter deliberately stands in George's way and prevents him from doing something. Why does the author choose Dexter to perform this role? In each case, what is significant about Dexter's actions, and what do you think his motivations are for doing them? How does George's character respond and what does that show about his role in the plot?

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