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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 appears to be one of Elyot's pastimes?
(a) Politics.
(b) Traveling.
(c) Theater.
(d) Polo.

2. What does Elyot tell Amanda before he tries to leave the terrace?
(a) Elyot tells Amanda he never loved her before.
(b) Elyot tells Amanda that he hates her for ruining his honeymoon.
(c) Elyot tells Amanda he loves her.
(d) He tells her that they both know they are not in love with their new spouses.

3. What reason does Amanda give when she tries to convince Victor that they need to leave the hotel?
(a) Her sister is waiting for them in Paris.
(b) She has had a premonition of a natural disaster.
(c) The hotel is not comfortable enough.
(d) Her sister died in a horrible accident nearby.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elyot say that Amanda initially resists?

2. In Act I, where do the honeymooning couples plan to spend their first night together?

3. What separates the two terraces in the first scene?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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. 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?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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