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. How does Mike imagine Tracy?

2. What does Margaret credit Seth for at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

3. What is it about Tracy that has kept her from inviting Seth to the wedding, according to Margaret?

4. Which one of Mike's stories does Tracy remark on?

5. What does Tracy say to Mike about his writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Sandy and Liz talk about with regard to Sidney Kidd in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2, Part 2?

2. Who are the two guests approaching the Lord house at the end of Act 1, Part 2, and why is their purpose for being there ironic?

3. Who is Sidney Kidd and what deal does Sandy make with him?

4. Why was George angry at the pre-wedding dinner, and what reason does Tracy give for her actions?

5. How does Tracy appear when first meeting Mike and Liz and what is her intention?

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

7. What is Tracy trying to figure out about Mike after reading his stories, and what is significant about her observation of him?

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

9. What do the lengths the Lord family is willing to go through say about their priorities?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, what were the 3 events that impacted Tracy's transformation the most? Describe them in detail, including which characters they involved and why. Also, use the play to explain why you chose those events as the most meaningful.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the connection between Tracy and Dexter and how it developed from the beginning of the play to the conclusion. Why is the ending so effective in illustrating their connection? What does their relationship prove to Tracy and how does it reinforce what she is learning? Has Dexter changed at all during the play in order to reestablish the connection? If so, in what ways? Most importantly, how does their marriage at the end complete Tracy's journey and make her "human?" What does that really mean for her and why is it an important part of her happiness?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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