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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Amanda do when she realizes Elyot is in the hotel?
(a) She clutches her throat in shock.
(b) She walks over to his side of the terrace.
(c) She runs inside.
(d) She asks him for a cigarette.

2. What appears to be one of Elyot's pastimes?
(a) Theater.
(b) Polo.
(c) Politics.
(d) Traveling.

3. What time of day does the first act take place?
(a) Afternoon.
(b) Night.
(c) Morning.
(d) Evening.

4. What genre of play is "Private Lives?"
(a) Theatre of cruelty.
(b) Theatre of the absurd.
(c) Comedy of manners.
(d) Comedy of errors.

5. In what building does Act I take place?
(a) Amanda's flat.
(b) A hotel.
(c) A restaurant.
(d) A casino.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the code-phrase that Amanda and Elyot decide to use to stop all arguments?

2. How do Amanda and Elyot realize that they are sharing a terrace in the hotel?

3. How long were Elyot and Amanda married?

4. Where did Elyot and Amanda spend their honeymoon?

5. According to Amanda, what did her and Elyot's love do to their relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Elyot implores Sibyl that they must leave the hotel, Sibyl is uncharacteristically firm and stubborn about staying. What happened throughout the act that may have given her more of a backbone?

2. Why do Elyot and Amanda both lie to their spouses about the reasons they should leave the hotel instead of just telling the truth?

3. What are Victor and Sibyl's attitudes on the subject of their spouses' previous marriage?

4. When discussing the possibility of getting a sunburn, Amanda remarks to Victor, "I did so hope our honeymoon was going to be progressive" in response to his declaration that he could not love her anymore than he already does. What does this statement portend about Amanda's views on relationships, particularly her marriage to Victor?

5. What would be the best way to describe the relationship between each of the married couples?

6. In Act I, Amanda proclaims to Victor that women should hold some mystery. Later, Elyot tells her that she holds no mystery for him and she responds that she is glad. Why?

7. What is Amanda's outlook on the violence in her previous marriage that is so shocking to Victor?

8. What is the significance of "Solomon Isaacs?"

9. Victor and Sibyl both use nicknames for Amanda and Elyot (Mandy and Elli), though Amanda and Elyot always refer to each other by their full names. What is the significance of the use of nicknames in regards to these four characters?

10. Amanda describes her marriage to Elyot as, "two violent acids bubbling about in a nasty little matrimonial bottle." Why would she use those words and what images do they provoke?

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