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 Tracy ask about Sandy's guests in Act 1, Part 2?

2. How does Mike react to Liz's answer about whether or not she has been married?

3. What does Sandy confess that he has done with regard to the magazine article about Seth?

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

5. What does Dinah tell Dexter at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the reason for Seth's arrival and what does he sense in Tracy?

3. What do Tracy and Seth dispute over before her pre-wedding dinner, and why does it affect Tracy?

4. How are Tracy's high standards alluded to in the beginning of the play, and why are they important?

5. What does Dexter reveal about their marriage in Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1, and why does it make Tracy stop and think?

6. What does the audience learn about Tracy's first marriage in the first part of Act 1?

7. How does Dexter resolve the situation between Mike and George at the pool and what does it illustrate?

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

9. How do Tracy and Liz feel about marriage, and what is interestingly revealed about Liz?

10. Why was George angry at the pre-wedding dinner, and what reason does Tracy give for her actions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle Sandy's role in the play and what he adds to both the subplot he is involved in as well as the main plot. Also, use examples from the play to answer the following:

1) How does Sandy change during the play? What characters or events influence his change?

2) What does Sandy represent to Tracy and why is that important to the development of her character?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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