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. Who arrives as Tracy is leaving at the end of Act 1, Part 2?

2. What does Dexter refer to Tracy as, causing her to become furious?

3. Where did Dinah get the magazine she is reading in Act 1, Part 1?

4. What does Uncle Willie offer to show Liz as everyone is dressing for dinner?

5. What does Seth tell Margaret he can sense?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the interesting interaction between Mike and Sandy at the beginning of Act 1, Part 3?

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

5. How does Dexter respond to Tracy's criticism of herself for the previous night, and why is it important to the main theme of the play?

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

7. 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?

8. What is relevant about the conversation between Tracy and Mike before he exits to get ready for her pre-wedding dinner?

9. What is significant about the conversation between Mike and Liz at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Part 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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