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 is Tracy writing in the beginning of the play?

2. What have Margaret and Tracy not had very much success in, according to Margaret?

3. Where does the play open?

4. What does Sandy confess that he has done with regard to the magazine article about Seth?

5. What is Liz surprised to see in the Lord home after Sandy leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Seth and Uncle Willie talk about while pretending to be each other upon first meeting Mike and Liz?

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

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

4. How do Tracy and Liz feel about marriage, and what is interestingly revealed about Liz?

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

6. What is significant about the conversation between Mike and Liz at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1?

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

8. What does the audience learn about Tracy's first marriage in the first part of Act 1?

9. What is Tracy trying to figure out about Mike after reading his stories, and what is significant about her observation of him?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What does Mike's proposal to Tracy represent in his character? Why is he now in a place where he can make such a decision to help her in this way? How does Tracy respond to Mike's proposal and why is that relevant to the personal growth she is experiencing? What reasoning does Tracy use to justify her answer? What does it say about her character when she chooses to face the apparent humiliation of canceling a wedding rather than do something that would not be good for someone else?

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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