The Philadelphia Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Dinah tell Dexter at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

2. What do Mike and Liz comment on as they enter the Lord house in Act 1, Part 3?

3. Where did Tracy go when she was drunk one night during their marriage, according to Dexter?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does George respond to Dexter's gift, and what does that cause Tracy to notice in him?

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

3. What does Mike tell Tracy about her upcoming marriage at the pool, and how does she respond?

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

5. What is the conversation between Dexter, Dinah, and Uncle Willie in the beginning Act 3 about, and what does it mean to the plot?

6. 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?

7. What is Dexter's wedding present to Tracy and why is it symbolic?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the connection between Tracy and Dexter and how it developed from the beginning of the play to the conclusion. Why is the ending so effective in illustrating their connection? What does their relationship prove to Tracy and how does it reinforce what she is learning? Has Dexter changed at all during the play in order to reestablish the connection? If so, in what ways? Most importantly, how does their marriage at the end complete Tracy's journey and make her "human?" What does that really mean for her and why is it an important part of her happiness?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the steps the Lord family takes to correct the situation they are in and why it is significant to Tracy's personal situation. How does it affect her development? Does it make it easier or more difficult? Why?

Essay Topic 3

How does George represent the same type of characteristics that Tracy displayed in the beginning of the play? Why is Tracy now able to recognize them? What are the unrealistic expectations George is placing on Tracy? How do they lead to her decision about their wedding plans? What is the author illustrating with George's behavior in the last 2 parts of the play and why is it necessary for Tracy's character as well?

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