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 credit Seth for at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

2. What does George joke about when first meeting Mike and Liz?

3. What does Liz say that she would do in a second?

4. How does Mike react to Liz's answer about whether or not she has been married?

5. Who does Tracy pair up with as the family and guests are getting ready for lunch?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What is the setting and major upcoming event established as the play opens?

6. How are Tracy and Mike alike? How are they different?

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

8. How does Liz explain her feelings for Mike to Sandy, what would make her fight for him, and why does she feel she does not have to?

9. What is significant about the way Dexter and George both arrive at the house while Tracy and Mike are in the pool?

10. What are two examples of the deception manufactured by the Lord family, as it gets more complicated in Act 1, Part 4?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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