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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. Who is the oldest character of the four introduced in Act I?
(a) Elyot.
(b) Amanda.
(c) Sibyl.
(d) Victor.

2. Which character says, "Love is no use unless it's wise, and kind, and undramatic?"
(a) Victor.
(b) Elyot.
(c) Amanda.
(d) Sibyl.

3. What is heard off-stage when the play starts?
(a) Birds chirping.
(b) The ocean waves.
(c) A small orchestra.
(d) Elyot and Sibyl arguing.

4. What does Amanda call Victor in Act 1?
(a) A windbag.
(b) A "pompous ass."
(c) Not a gentleman.
(d) A weak man.

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 violent explosion.
(c) A flood.
(d) A boat accident.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what building does Act I take place?

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

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

4. What memory do Amanda and Elyot reminisce over after their spouses have left in Act 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. In Act I, Amanda proclaims to Victor that women should hold some mystery. Later, Elyot tells her that she holds no mystery for him and she responds that she is glad. Why?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

(see the answer keys)

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