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 is Mike complaining about in the beginning of Act 1, Part 4?

3. What does Tracy ask Mike to do as he is getting ready to leave?

4. What does Sandy suggest might happen if Mike and Liz get to know the family?

5. What does Dinah tell Margaret has been written about Seth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dexter's problem with Tracy's pending marriage as he explains before he exits, leaving his wedding present for her?

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

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

5. How does Tracy appear when first meeting Mike and Liz and what is her intention?

6. What is Dexter's wedding present to Tracy and why is it symbolic?

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

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

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

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 does Mike's proposal to Tracy represent in his character? Why is he now in a place where he can make such a decision to help her in this way? How does Tracy respond to Mike's proposal and why is that relevant to the personal growth she is experiencing? What reasoning does Tracy use to justify her answer? What does it say about her character when she chooses to face the apparent humiliation of canceling a wedding rather than do something that would not be good for someone else?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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