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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. According to Amanda, what rules her life?
(a) Anger.
(b) Love.
(c) Fear.
(d) Chance.

2. What memory do Amanda and Elyot reminisce over after their spouses have left in Act 1?
(a) Traveling the world.
(b) Walking around London.
(c) Dancing.
(d) Ice skating.

3. What is Sibyl's nickname for Elyot?
(a) Lettie.
(b) She dooes not have a nickname for him.
(c) Elli.
(d) Husband.

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

5. What does Elyot accuse Sibyl of being?
(a) Adulterous.
(b) Overly dependent.
(c) Drunk.
(d) Manipulative.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Before Sibyl storms off the terrace in Act 1, what does Elyot tell her?

3. Which character says, "Love is no use unless it's wise, and kind, and undramatic?"

4. When Elyot is trying to convince Sibyl of premonition of disaster, what does he say will possibly happen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

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

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