The Philadelphia Story Test | Lesson Plans 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

Describe the connection between Tracy and Dexter and how it developed from the beginning of the play to the conclusion. Why is the ending so effective in illustrating their connection? What does their relationship prove to Tracy and how does it reinforce what she is learning? Has Dexter changed at all during the play in order to reestablish the connection? If so, in what ways? Most importantly, how does their marriage at the end complete Tracy's journey and make her "human?" What does that really mean for her and why is it an important part of her happiness?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Tracy and Liz are parallel characters in many ways. What are some examples of how they are placed in similar situations, but respond differently? What issues do they share similar views on? Overall, what is Liz's main purpose in the play? What does she illustrate in Tracy's character, along with Tracy's own actions? Why is this important?

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