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 is Dexter carrying as he enters Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1?

3. What does Seth say caused him to visit?

4. What do Margaret and Tracy think about her upcoming marriage?

5. What does Mike wonder about Dexter during his first visit to the Lord's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dexter's problem with Tracy's pending marriage as he explains before he exits, leaving his wedding present for her?

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

3. What is the interesting interaction between Mike and Sandy at the beginning of Act 1, Part 3?

4. How does Tracy appear when first meeting Mike and Liz and what is her intention?

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

6. What does the note from George say, what do his actions signify, and how do they lead to Tracy's decision not to marry him?

7. How does the play end, and what does it symbolize for Tracy and her life?

8. What does the conversation between Tracy and Dexter at the start of Act 3, Part 2 remind both characters of?

9. How does Mike's entrance in Act 2, Scene 2, Part 1 affect Tracy, and what does she suggest they do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain in detail 3 ways that the Lord family uses extreme measures to preserve their reputation. Include why this is important to them, which other characters are involved, and how their actions illustrate one of the main themes in the play.

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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