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

2. What is the code-phrase that Amanda and Elyot decide to use to stop all arguments?
(a) Solomon Isaacs.
(b) Private lives.
(c) Sullivan Isaacs.
(d) Solomon's privacy.

3. 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 find their spouses and explain what happened.
(d) They must leave a note for their spouses.

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

5. When Elyot is trying to convince Sibyl of premonition of disaster, what does he say will possibly happen?
(a) A fire at the hotel.
(b) A flood.
(c) A violent explosion.
(d) A boat accident.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elyot call Sibyl?

2. To whom does this statement refer? "I can't bear to think I'm married to such rugged grandeur."

3. In Act I, where do the honeymooning couples plan to spend their first night together?

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

5. Which factor does NOT contribute to the rekindling of Elyot and Amanda's love for each other?

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. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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