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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. In which country is Act I set?
(a) France.
(b) Spain.
(c) Portugal.
(d) Germany.

2. What does the orchestra keep doing in Act 1?
(a) The orchestra keeps making mistakes.
(b) The orchestra keeps playing Amanda and Elyot's song.
(c) The orchestra stops playing in the middle of every song.
(d) The orchestra keeps playing unnerving music.

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

4. What does Sibyl want to avoid?
(a) The beach.
(b) Tiring herself out.
(c) Swimming.
(d) A sunburn.

5. Which character says "I like a man to be a man?"
(a) Elyot.
(b) Sibyl.
(c) Amanda.
(d) Victor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Amanda give when she tries to convince Victor that they need to leave the hotel?

2. What does Amanda tell Victor she did to Elyot while they were married?

3. How long were Elyot and Amanda married?

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

5. What time of day does the first act take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

5. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

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

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

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

9. At the start of the play, is Elyot in love with Sibyl? How can the reader tell?

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

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