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 does Mike say he opposes?

2. What does Tracy ask Dinah to help her with at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

3. What do Mike and Liz comment on as they enter the Lord house in Act 1, Part 3?

4. Where did Tracy elope with her first husband?

5. What does Tracy do when Uncle Willie arrives?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dexter resolve the situation between Mike and George at the pool and what does it illustrate?

3. 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?

4. How are Tracy's high standards alluded to in the beginning of the play, and why are they important?

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

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

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

8. How does Mike's entrance in Act 2, Scene 2, Part 1 affect Tracy, and what does she suggest they do?

9. 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?

10. What is the first impression of Mike and why is it significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chronicle Sandy's role in the play and what he adds to both the subplot he is involved in as well as the main plot. Also, use examples from the play to answer the following:

1) How does Sandy change during the play? What characters or events influence his change?

2) What does Sandy represent to Tracy and why is that important to the development of her character?

Essay Topic 2

Tracy uses 2 words in the play that warrant explanations.

1) Describe the word, "yare," what it means, and how it is used.

2) Describe the word, "gyp," what it means, and how it is used.

3) In general, why do you think the author chose Tracy to use these words that are not part of normal vocabulary? What does it add to her character?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the Lord family, their social class, and their priorities. How is their main priority integral to the theme of the play? Which members of the family illustrate it the most and why?

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