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 George tell Mike and Liz that he has moved on from?

2. What is Tracy writing in the beginning of the play?

3. How does Dinah introduce herself to Mike and Liz?

4. What does Seth tell Margaret he can sense?

5. What does Margaret tell Dexter when he arrives at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dexter respond to Tracy's criticism of herself for the previous night, and why is it important to the main theme of the play?

2. What do the lengths the Lord family is willing to go through say about their priorities?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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. What is the first impression of Mike and why is it significant?

9. What two things does Dexter do while Mike is carrying Tracy into the house that depict his feelings for Tracy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tracy uses 2 words in the play that warrant explanations.

1) Describe the word, "yare," what it means, and how it is used.

2) Describe the word, "gyp," what it means, and how it is used.

3) In general, why do you think the author chose Tracy to use these words that are not part of normal vocabulary? What does it add to her character?

Essay Topic 2

What are the key points that Dexter makes about Tracy during their argument before the pre-wedding dinner? Why do these points have such an impact on Tracy? What do they confirm about her personality that she may have already been thinking? How does Tracy choose to respond to them? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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