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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 Sibyl want to avoid?
(a) The beach.
(b) Tiring herself out.
(c) A sunburn.
(d) Swimming.

2. In which country is Act I set?
(a) Germany.
(b) France.
(c) Spain.
(d) Portugal.

3. What can Sibyl do that Amanda cannot?
(a) Sing.
(b) Dance.
(c) Play piano.
(d) Swim.

4. According to Amanda, what did her and Elyot's love do to their relationship?
(a) It brought out the worst in them.
(b) It transcended their problems in the relationship.
(c) It did nothing.
(d) It brought out the best in them.

5. What is Sibyl's nickname for Elyot?
(a) She dooes not have a nickname for him.
(b) Lettie.
(c) Husband.
(d) Elli.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are Victor and Sibyl doing at the end of Act I?

3. What time of day does the first act take place?

4. What is Victor's nickname for his new wife?

5. What reason does Amanda give when she tries to convince Victor that they need to leave the hotel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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. 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?

6. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

7. Why do Amanda and Elyot choose Paris to run away to?

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

9. 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?

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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