Private Lives Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Sibyl dislike?

3. Which character says "I like a man to be a man?"

4. According to Amanda, what did her and Elyot's love do to their relationship?

5. What does Amanda forbid Victor from doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sybil insult Amanda?

2. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

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

4. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

5. How is Amanda's behavior at the top of Act III?

6. Do Amanda and Victor love each other? What evidence suggests this?

7. 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?

8. Given Sibyl's opinions in Act I of whether Elyot or Amanda were more at fault for the failed marriage, why is it ironic that she says in Act III, "I'd no idea anyone ever behaved like that; it's so disgusting, so degrading, Elli of all people?"

9. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Victor is questioning Amanda in Act III, she claims that she hates Elyot, though she is deeply attracted to him. Does Amanda truly hate Elyot? Can she hate him and have an attraction? How? Keep in mind how loving she and Elyot are to each other, including the fact that they make up and leave together at the end.

Essay Topic 2

"Private Lives" is known for sharp, witty dialogue. What role does the dialogue play in this story? How does it add to the plot, humor, and character development?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Sibyl's reaction to meeting Amanda and vice versa.

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