The Philadelphia Story Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philip Barry
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Margaret credit Seth for at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

2. What does George joke about when first meeting Mike and Liz?

3. What does Liz say that she would do in a second?

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

5. Who does Tracy pair up with as the family and guests are getting ready for lunch?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How has Mike changed in Act 3 and why is it significant?

4. How does Tracy respond to Dinah's account of what happened the night before? What causes Tracy to panic and why?

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

6. How are Tracy and Mike alike? How are they different?

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

8. How does Liz explain her feelings for Mike to Sandy, what would make her fight for him, and why does she feel she does not have to?

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

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

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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