Private Lives Test | 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. To whom does this statement refer? "I can't bear to think I'm married to such rugged grandeur."

2. In which country is Act I set?

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

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

5. Which factor does NOT contribute to the rekindling of Elyot and Amanda's love for each other?

Short Essay Questions

1. Throughout Act III, Elyot and Amanda both proclaim their hate for each other. However, they are clearly back in love at the end of the act. Did they ever really hate each other? Why or why not?

2. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

3. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

4. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

5. During the breakfast with both couples, what does Elyot say that sparks the fight between Victor and Sybil?

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

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

8. What are Victor and Sibyl's attitudes on the subject of their spouses' previous marriage?

9. What does Elyot mean when he claims that he and Amanda were too in love for their relationship to last?

10. What would be the best way to describe the relationship between each of the married couples?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Consider the character of Louise. Why is she included in the play? What is the purpose of Sibyl and Victor not being able to understand her foreign language? What does she add to the overall arch of the play?

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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