The Philadelphia Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philip Barry
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Margaret credit Seth for at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

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

3. What does Liz say that she would do in a second?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Sidney Kidd and what deal does Sandy make with him?

2. What do Tracy and Mike decide about the previous evening's events and the wedding? Also, how does Tracy begin to realize exactly what might have happened?

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

4. How does Tracy respond to Dinah's account of what happened the night before? What causes Tracy to panic and why?

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

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

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

8. How does Liz explain her feelings for Mike to Sandy, what would make her fight for him, and why does she feel she does not have to?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is Dinah and Tracy's relationship? How is it depicted in the beginning of the play? Describe what Dinah does to cause Tracy to remember the events of the night before with Mike. How does it alert some of the other characters to those events and contribute to the possible doubt of the pending marriage? Why was it necessary to establish Tracy and Dinah's interaction with one another early, and how does it prepare the audience for Dinah's part in revealing the information about Tracy and Mike's evening? Why do you think the author chooses Dinah to be the messenger for this information?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Sidney Kidd, his role in the play, and how the other characters respond to him. What are his surprising actions at the end of the play? Why do they either dispute or confirm the opinions of him for the other characters? What does Kidd represent to the subplot his character is involved in, and what does he highlight in the overall theme of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Barry uses several key literary elements in The Philadelphia Story to make his point about the upper and lower class lifestyle differences.

1) Describe 2 examples of irony used in the play, why it was used, and how it added to the plot.

2) Describe 2 examples of foreshadowing used in the play, how Barry uses it, and what it added to the story.

3) Describe the pace of the play and how Barry uses dialogue to contribute to the effectiveness of the characters.

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