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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 is the view from the terrace?
(a) A wedding.
(b) A casino.
(c) The water reflecting the lights of a nearby yacht.
(d) Ocean waves crashing.

2. How long have Amanda and Elyot been divorced at the start of the play?
(a) One year.
(b) Seven years.
(c) Three years.
(d) Five years.

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

4. What does Amanda say they must do before they leave for Paris?
(a) They must find their spouses and explain what happened.
(b) They must go home first.
(c) They must make a pact to never quarrel again.
(d) They must leave a note for their spouses.

5. What does Amanda forbid Victor from doing?
(a) Smoking.
(b) Mentioning Elyot's name.
(c) Going to look for Elyot.
(d) Drinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what building does Act I take place?

2. What does Amanda tell Victor in the first act that frightens him?

3. What does Sibyl dislike?

4. What is heard off-stage when the play starts?

5. What does the orchestra keep doing in Act 1?

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

3. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

4. Why would Victor say to Amanda that she was frightening him?

5. At the start of the play, is Elyot in love with Sibyl? How can the reader tell?

6. 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?

7. What does Elyot mean when he claims that he and Amanda were too in love for their relationship to last?

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

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

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

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