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. Where did Tracy go when she was drunk one night during their marriage, according to Dexter?

2. How does Mike react to Liz's answer about whether or not she has been married?

3. Whose name will Margaret not tolerate hearing a word against?

4. Where did Tracy elope with her first husband?

5. Where does the play open?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What do Tracy and Mike decide about the previous evening's events and the wedding? Also, how does Tracy begin to realize exactly what might have happened?

8. What is significant about the way Dexter and George both arrive at the house while Tracy and Mike are in the pool?

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

10. What is the significance of Tracy's drinking, and how is it illustrated in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Sidney Kidd, his role in the play, and how the other characters respond to him. What are his surprising actions at the end of the play? Why do they either dispute or confirm the opinions of him for the other characters? What does Kidd represent to the subplot his character is involved in, and what does he highlight in the overall theme of the play?

Essay Topic 2

What are the key points that Dexter makes about Tracy during their argument before the pre-wedding dinner? Why do these points have such an impact on Tracy? What do they confirm about her personality that she may have already been thinking? How does Tracy choose to respond to them? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Barry uses several key literary elements in The Philadelphia Story to make his point about the upper and lower class lifestyle differences.

1) Describe 2 examples of irony used in the play, why it was used, and how it added to the plot.

2) Describe 2 examples of foreshadowing used in the play, how Barry uses it, and what it added to the story.

3) Describe the pace of the play and how Barry uses dialogue to contribute to the effectiveness of the characters.

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