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 Sandy comment on as he greets Mike?

2. During her pre-wedding dinner, what does Dexter tell Tracy she has none of?

3. What do Tracy, Margaret, Sandy, and Dinah talk about as the second part of Act 1 begins?

4. Who were banned from the house by her father, according to Tracy?

5. How does Liz describe George to Mike?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Kidd react to Sandy's expose, and what does that say about the character's priorities?

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

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

7. How does George respond to Dexter's gift, and what does that cause Tracy to notice in him?

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

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

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Tracy and Mike are naturally drawn together because of their similar journeys.

1) How are Tracy and Mike both facing similar problems with their outlook on life. In what ways are they different?

2) What main things has Tracy learned from Mike and what has he learned from her? Why are those lessons essential to the overall message in the play?

3) Which character traits do Tracy and Mike have that make them both receptive to each other?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the steps the Lord family takes to correct the situation they are in and why it is significant to Tracy's personal situation. How does it affect her development? Does it make it easier or more difficult? Why?

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