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. How does Margaret respond when Dinah says that the article she is reading, "stinks?"

2. What does Seth say in response to Uncle Willie's suggestion for his guest invite?

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

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

5. What does Mike say he opposes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the conversation between Tracy and Dexter at the start of Act 3, Part 2 remind both characters of?

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

6. What is the elaborate plan the family invents to preserve their reputation?

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

8. What is the discussion Mike and Liz have about people's names?

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

10. What would Seth's absence from the wedding lead people to believe and how does Sandy plan to prevent it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tracy and Mike are naturally drawn together because of their similar journeys.

1) How are Tracy and Mike both facing similar problems with their outlook on life. In what ways are they different?

2) What main things has Tracy learned from Mike and what has he learned from her? Why are those lessons essential to the overall message in the play?

3) Which character traits do Tracy and Mike have that make them both receptive to each other?

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 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?

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