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 Mike wonder about Dexter during his first visit to the Lord's house?

2. What does Dinah ask Margaret about Tracy and Dexter?

3. What does Tracy do when Uncle Willie arrives?

4. What is it about Tracy that has kept her from inviting Seth to the wedding, according to Margaret?

5. How does Dinah feel about Tracy's marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about George in Act 1, Part 2?

2. 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?

3. How does Kidd react to Sandy's expose, and what does that say about the character's priorities?

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

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

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

7. How does Dinah present herself for the first time to Mike and Liz, what is she trying to accomplish, and how do Mike and Liz react?

8. Why does Mike propose to Tracy, and how does her response help both of them?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Dexter and George. Use specific examples from the play to analyze both characters, their differences, and if there are any ways they are alike. Also, include how each character develops and why they ended up in the places they did at the end of the play.

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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