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

2. According to Amanda, what did her and Elyot's love do to their relationship?
(a) It transcended their problems in the relationship.
(b) It brought out the best in them.
(c) It did nothing.
(d) It brought out the worst in them.

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

4. What does Elyot say that Amanda initially resists?
(a) Elyot tells Amanda that he is in love with Sibyl.
(b) Elyot tells Amanda that he loves her.
(c) Elyot says that he will leave the hotel.
(d) Elyot swears that she will never see him again.

5. What separates the two terraces in the first scene?
(a) A line of trees.
(b) A brick wall.
(c) A wrought-iron fence.
(d) Nothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elyot call Sibyl?

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

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

4. To what does Amanda say, "What an odd thing to be glad about?"

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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