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

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

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

4. In Act I, where do the honeymooning couples plan to spend their first night together?
(a) St. Mortiz.
(b) Paris.
(c) Lyon.
(d) The French Riviera.

5. What time is it, specifically, at the top of Act I?
(a) 10:00 p.m.
(b) 6:00 p.m.
(c) 8:00 p.m.
(d) 5:00 p.m.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Amanda and Elyot realize that they are sharing a terrace in the hotel?

2. What can Sibyl do that Amanda cannot?

3. What does Elyot do to Amanda to calm her when she starts to panic about leaving?

4. What is Victor's nickname for his new wife?

5. Where did Elyot and Amanda spend their honeymoon?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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