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 does George work?

2. What are the writer and photographer not aware of?

3. What does Uncle Willie offer to show Liz as everyone is dressing for dinner?

4. What does Tracy say both she and Margaret incorrectly chose?

5. What comment does Liz make about Mike's birth name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dexter's problem with Tracy's pending marriage as he explains before he exits, leaving his wedding present for her?

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

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

4. What do Seth and Uncle Willie talk about while pretending to be each other upon first meeting Mike and Liz?

5. What does the audience learn about Tracy's first marriage in the first part of Act 1?

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

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

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

9. What would Seth's absence from the wedding lead people to believe and how does Sandy plan to prevent it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Mike and Liz are talking, they analyze what people's names might represent. How are Dexter and George pre-judged based on their names alone? Do those judgments turn out to be right or wrong? Why? What point does Liz make about Mike's name? Why is that relevant to the way he is viewing Dexter? What other examples does Liz use to illustrate her point that you cannot always judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a people by their names?

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 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?

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