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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 Amanda tell Victor in the first act that frightens him?
(a) Amanda claims to be unreliable and complex.
(b) Amanda wants to get a sunburn on the beach.
(c) Amanda wishes to gamble all night.
(d) Amanda plans to run away with Elyot.

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

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

4. What is Victor's nickname for his new wife?
(a) Manny.
(b) He does not have a nickname for her.
(c) Mandy.
(d) Manda.

5. What is the view from the terrace?
(a) A casino.
(b) Ocean waves crashing.
(c) A wedding.
(d) The water reflecting the lights of a nearby yacht.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What time is it, specifically, at the top of Act I?

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

4. What does Elyot call Sibyl?

5. What does Amanda forbid Victor from doing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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. 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?

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