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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 Elyot and Amanda conclude about their past relationship?
(a) They had nothing but terrible times in their lives together.
(b) Their relationship was not nearly as passionate as they remember.
(c) They had many wonderful times together.
(d) Their relationship was perfect.

2. When Sibyl and Victor leave, what do Amanda and Elyot do with the cocktails?
(a) Amanda throws her drink on Elyot.
(b) They dump the drinks out.
(c) They share the ones on Elyot's side and toast the new spouses.
(d) They drink both sets of cocktails.

3. Which factor does NOT contribute to the rekindling of Elyot and Amanda's love for each other?
(a) Reminiscing about their marriage.
(b) Elyot watches Amanda dance with her husband.
(c) The arguments with Victor and Sibyl.
(d) Hearing their song.

4. In Act I, where do the honeymooning couples plan to spend their first night together?
(a) The French Riviera.
(b) Lyon.
(c) Paris.
(d) St. Mortiz.

5. Where did Elyot and Amanda spend their honeymoon?
(a) Lyon.
(b) St. Mortiz.
(c) Paris.
(d) The Taj Mahal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before Sibyl storms off the terrace in Act 1, what does Elyot tell her?

2. What does Amanda do when she realizes Elyot is in the hotel?

3. What does Elyot tell Amanda that comforts her?

4. To whom does this statement refer? "I can't bear to think I'm married to such rugged grandeur."

5. Who is the oldest character of the four introduced in Act I?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can the reader interpret Amanda's statement about a person's private life?

2. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

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

4. To Sibyl's dismay, Elyot does not care for her mother and believes that Sibyl married him in part to escape her. What do the differing attitudes about the mother reveal about Sibyl's character?

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

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

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

8. How does Elyot know that Amanda's statement of the two of them being in love all over again is false?

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. Elyot remarks to Sibyl that, "Apart from loving me and all that, you must have plans." What does he mean by that and why would he accuse Sibyl of it?

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