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 Dinah ask Margaret about Tracy and Dexter?

2. As the family discusses, what might Kidd be sued for?

3. Who does Uncle Willie suggest he might invite to the wedding?

4. Where did Tracy elope with her first husband?

5. What does Mike say he opposes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the interesting interaction between Mike and Sandy at the beginning of Act 1, Part 3?

2. What does the family do in Act 2, Scene 1, Part 2 that indicates a change in their priorities?

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

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

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

6. What does the note from George say, what do his actions signify, and how do they lead to Tracy's decision not to marry him?

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

8. How does the play end, and what does it symbolize for Tracy and her life?

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

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

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 2

As Mike and Liz are talking, they analyze what people's names might represent. How are Dexter and George pre-judged based on their names alone? Do those judgments turn out to be right or wrong? Why? What point does Liz make about Mike's name? Why is that relevant to the way he is viewing Dexter? What other examples does Liz use to illustrate her point that you cannot always judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a people by their names?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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