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 Tracy writing in the beginning of the play?

2. What does Dexter leave on the table as he exits Tracy's pre-wedding dinner?

3. What does Margaret apologize for when first meeting Mike and Liz?

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

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

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

4. What does Mike say to Tracy after the pre-wedding dinner that she responds to, reminding her of Dexter?

5. How do Tracy and Margaret's marriages compare, and what is the difference between how the two look at them?

6. What is the conversation between Dexter, Dinah, and Uncle Willie in the beginning Act 3 about, and what does it mean to the plot?

7. How does Tracy appear on the morning of her wedding, what types of things is she asking about, and why are they important?

8. How does Dexter respond to Tracy as she makes her entrance in Act 3, and what does he do to encourage her memory of the previous night's events?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does George represent the same type of characteristics that Tracy displayed in the beginning of the play? Why is Tracy now able to recognize them? What are the unrealistic expectations George is placing on Tracy? How do they lead to her decision about their wedding plans? What is the author illustrating with George's behavior in the last 2 parts of the play and why is it necessary for Tracy's character as well?

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