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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. To whom does this statement refer? "I can't bear to think I'm married to such rugged grandeur."
(a) Victor.
(b) Sibyl.
(c) Elyot.
(d) Amanda.

2. What does Elyot say that Amanda initially resists?
(a) Elyot tells Amanda that he is in love with Sibyl.
(b) Elyot swears that she will never see him again.
(c) Elyot tells Amanda that he loves her.
(d) Elyot says that he will leave the hotel.

3. What does Amanda tell Victor she did to Elyot while they were married?
(a) Amanda cheated on Elyot.
(b) Amanda threw Elyot out of their house.
(c) Amanda threw furniture at Elyot.
(d) Amanda broke four records over Elyot's head.

4. What does Amanda forbid Victor from doing?
(a) Mentioning Elyot's name.
(b) Smoking.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Going to look for Elyot.

5. What does Amanda tell Victor about Elyot's presence?
(a) Amanda says that Elyot is staying next door to them.
(b) Amanda says that Elyot is working at the hotel.
(c) Amanda says that Elyot is staying on the yacht.
(d) Amanda says she saw Elyot running down the street.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what building does Act I take place?

2. Who says, "I think very few people are completely normal really, deep down in their private lives?"

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

4. How long were Elyot and Amanda married?

5. What does Elyot tell Amanda that comforts her?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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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