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. Why does Sandy tell Liz the family doesn't know their reason for being there?

2. Who does Tracy call after hearing about Sandy's guests?

3. What does Dexter wonder at the end of Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1?

4. What does Tracy ask Dinah to help her with at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

5. Why doesn't Margaret want Seth to see the article written about him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Sidney Kidd and what deal does Sandy make with him?

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

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

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. What do Tracy and Mike decide about the previous evening's events and the wedding? Also, how does Tracy begin to realize exactly what might have happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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