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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 genre of play is "Private Lives?"
2. In what building does Act I take place?
3. What does Elyot say that Amanda initially resists?
4. What is heard off-stage when the play starts?
5. What is the code-phrase that Amanda and Elyot decide to use to stop all arguments?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. 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?
3. What are Victor and Sibyl's attitudes on the subject of their spouses' previous marriage?
4. What is Amanda's outlook on the violence in her previous marriage that is so shocking to Victor?
5. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?
6. 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?
7. Why would Victor say to Amanda that she was frightening him?
8. What is the significance of "Solomon Isaacs?"
9. What does Elyot mean when he claims that he and Amanda were too in love for their relationship to last?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Elyot believes that he and Amanda could have had happy, albeit boring, lives with Victor and Sibyl. What examples from the text point to him being right or wrong?
Essay Topic 2
The stage directions and dialogue are very direct with how the characters should look. Discuss the physical characteristics, clothing, and age of each character and how it reflects upon each character. Why is it important that Sibyl is seven years younger than Elyot or that Victor is in his mid-thirties? What about the difference in costuming between Amanda and Sibyl? How do the characters appear to each other?
Essay Topic 3
The four main characters of this play are all from England, though the play itself is set in France. What is the purpose of setting the play in two different locations in France? Would it have changed the play to be set in a different country, including the one native to the characters?
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