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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. Where do Amanda and Victor plan to eat dinner?
(a) The casino.
(b) The yacht.
(c) The terrace.
(d) The hotel.

2. Before Sibyl storms off the terrace in Act 1, what does Elyot tell her?
(a) Elyot hopes she chokes on her dinner.
(b) Amanda is staying next door to them.
(c) Elyot loves her.
(d) Elyot regrets marrying her.

3. What does Amanda do when she realizes Elyot is in the hotel?
(a) She asks him for a cigarette.
(b) She walks over to his side of the terrace.
(c) She clutches her throat in shock.
(d) She runs inside.

4. Who says, "I think very few people are completely normal really, deep down in their private lives?"
(a) Elyot.
(b) Amanda.
(c) Victor.
(d) Sibyl.

5. To what does Amanda say, "What an odd thing to be glad about?"
(a) Victor tells Amanda that he is glad to be married to her.
(b) Elyot tells Amanda that he is glad they are both remarried.
(c) Elyot tells Amanda that he is glad to see her.
(d) Victor states that he is glad he is normal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Amanda forbid Victor from doing?

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

3. What does Amanda call Victor in Act 1?

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

5. Where did Elyot and Amanda spend their honeymoon?

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

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. 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?

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

7. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

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

9. 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?

10. What would be the best way to describe the relationship between each of the married couples?

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