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

2. What does Tracy say to Mike about his writing?

3. What have Margaret and Tracy not had very much success in, according to Margaret?

4. What was the only trouble Dexter gave her, according to Tracy?

5. How does Tracy ask about Sandy's guests in Act 1, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who are the two guests approaching the Lord house at the end of Act 1, Part 2, and why is their purpose for being there ironic?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What important lesson does Tracy say she has learned from Mike as they are at the pool? How does he respond?

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

10. What examples does Liz use to illustrate her point about the way a name doesn't always reflect character?

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

In your opinion, what were the 3 events that impacted Tracy's transformation the most? Describe them in detail, including which characters they involved and why. Also, use the play to explain why you chose those events as the most meaningful.

Essay Topic 3

Describe 2 examples of how Dexter deliberately stands in George's way and prevents him from doing something. Why does the author choose Dexter to perform this role? In each case, what is significant about Dexter's actions, and what do you think his motivations are for doing them? How does George's character respond and what does that show about his role in the plot?

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