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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 the orchestra keep doing in Act 1?
(a) The orchestra stops playing in the middle of every song.
(b) The orchestra keeps playing Amanda and Elyot's song.
(c) The orchestra keeps making mistakes.
(d) The orchestra keeps playing unnerving music.

2. What is the other option presented for Amanda and Elyot if they choose to not run away?
(a) They will never see each other again.
(b) They will divorce their spouses and reconnect a year later.
(c) They will divorce their spouses.
(d) They will have a discreet affair.

3. How do Amanda and Elyot realize that they are sharing a terrace in the hotel?
(a) Elyot sees Amanda with her new husband.
(b) Amanda asks Elyot for a cigarette.
(c) Amanda hears Elyot shouting at Sibyl.
(d) Amanda hears Elyot singing one of their favorite songs.

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

5. What are Victor and Sibyl doing at the end of Act I?
(a) They are arguing with each other.
(b) They are eating dinner together.
(c) They are arguing with their spouses.
(d) They are taking in the view from the terrace.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Elyot and Sibyl plan to eat dinner?

2. What does Elyot believe is the cruelest thing he and Amanda could do?

3. Why do Amanda and Elyot choose to flee to Amanda's flat?

4. When Elyot is trying to convince Sibyl of premonition of disaster, what does he say will possibly happen?

5. What separates the two terraces in the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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