Private Lives Test | 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

"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 2

Amanda and Elyot's battles appear to be made up of petty jealousies. Can their love exist without jealousy? Why or why not? What is the point of it? How does it add or detract from their love?

Essay Topic 3

Is it important that these characters are rich and upper-class? How would this play have changed if Amanda and Elyot were not as rich as they are written? Is the glamor and sophistication absolutely necessary? How does it affect the fights? Do you believe that this is meant to be a statement on the behaviors of the upper-class? Why or why not?

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