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 Margaret apologize for when first meeting Mike and Liz?

2. What does Margaret credit Seth for at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

3. Where did Dinah get the magazine she is reading in Act 1, Part 1?

4. What does Tracy do when Uncle Willie arrives?

5. How does Mike imagine Tracy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Tracy and Margaret's marriages compare, and what is the difference between how the two look at them?

2. What do Sandy and Liz talk about with regard to Sidney Kidd in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2, Part 2?

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

4. Who are the two guests approaching the Lord house at the end of Act 1, Part 2, and why is their purpose for being there ironic?

5. Why does Mike propose to Tracy, and how does her response help both of them?

6. How does Kidd react to Sandy's expose, and what does that say about the character's priorities?

7. What does the character of Seth represent as he is first mentioned in the play?

8. What does Dexter aptly point out to George about the way he looks at Tracy during their argument in Act 2, Scene 2, Part 2?

9. How does Tracy appear on the morning of her wedding, what types of things is she asking about, and why are they important?

10. How does Tracy respond to Dinah's account of what happened the night before? What causes Tracy to panic and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Chronicle Sandy's role in the play and what he adds to both the subplot he is involved in as well as the main plot. Also, use examples from the play to answer the following:

1) How does Sandy change during the play? What characters or events influence his change?

2) What does Sandy represent to Tracy and why is that important to the development of her character?

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