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

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

3. In Act I, Sibyl asks Elyot about Amanda. According to Elyot, what does Amanda do beautifully that Sibyl can not do?
(a) Sing.
(b) Organize.
(c) Dance.
(d) Play piano.

4. What do both Amanda and Elyot express a mild appreciation for, to the shock of their spouses?
(a) Adultery.
(b) Drinking.
(c) Smoking.
(d) Gambling.

5. How long were Elyot and Amanda married?
(a) Five years.
(b) Two years.
(c) They were never married.
(d) Three years.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Amanda say, "What an odd thing to be glad about?"

2. What time is it, specifically, at the top of Act I?

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

4. To where do Elyot and Amanda plan to run away?

5. What does Elyot tell Amanda that comforts her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elyot's pastime of traveling the world imply about his character?

2. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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