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 talent does Liz have, as revealed by Mike to Tracy?

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

4. What does Tracy ask Dinah to help her with at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

5. How does Sandy plan on explaining Seth's absence from the wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dexter aptly point out to George about the way he looks at Tracy during their argument in Act 2, Scene 2, Part 2?

2. What examples does Liz use to illustrate her point about the way a name doesn't always reflect character?

3. How does Dinah present herself for the first time to Mike and Liz, what is she trying to accomplish, and how do Mike and Liz react?

4. 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?

5. What is the discussion Mike and Liz have about people's names?

6. What does the family do in Act 2, Scene 1, Part 2 that indicates a change in their priorities?

7. How do Tracy and Liz feel about marriage, and what is interestingly revealed about Liz?

8. Which one of Mike's stories does Tracy single out and what does it signify?

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

10. How does Dexter respond to Tracy's criticism of herself for the previous night, and why is it important to the main theme of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain in detail 3 ways that the Lord family uses extreme measures to preserve their reputation. Include why this is important to them, which other characters are involved, and how their actions illustrate one of the main themes in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Describe 2 examples of how Dexter deliberately stands in George's way and prevents him from doing something. Why does the author choose Dexter to perform this role? In each case, what is significant about Dexter's actions, and what do you think his motivations are for doing them? How does George's character respond and what does that show about his role in the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Chronicle Sandy's role in the play and what he adds to both the subplot he is involved in as well as the main plot. Also, use examples from the play to answer the following: 1) How does Sandy change during the play? What characters or events influence his change? 2) What does Sandy represent to Tracy and why is that important to the development of her character?

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