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 do Margaret and Tracy think about her upcoming marriage?

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

3. How does Sandy plan on explaining Seth's absence from the wedding?

4. How does Tracy indicate she should ask Dexter to lunch?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Tracy's drinking, and how is it illustrated in the play?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

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

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.

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