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 George joke about when first meeting Mike and Liz?

2. How does Margaret respond when Dinah says that the article she is reading, "stinks?"

3. As the family discusses, what might Kidd be sued for?

4. Who does Uncle Willie suggest he might invite to the wedding?

5. What is Liz surprised to see in the Lord home after Sandy leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Mike and Liz's thoughts of Tracy before they meet her and how are they significant?

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

3. 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?

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

5. How does George view being featured in the magazine, and why does it surprise Tracy?

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

8. What does the character of Seth represent as he is first mentioned in the play?

9. Why does Mike propose to Tracy, and how does her response help both of them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The main symbol used in The Philadelphia Story is the boat that Dexter previously built for Tracy when they were married.

1) How does Dexter's wedding present introduce the boat into the play? What are the reactions to it from Tracy and other characters? What is interesting about the plans Dexter has for the boat as he describes them to Tracy?

2) What is the significance of the name of the boat and what does it mean to both characters?

3) How does Tracy relate herself with the boat, what are the characteristics that she shares with it, and why are they important to her development?

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