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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 is the other option presented for Amanda and Elyot if they choose to not run away?

2. Where do Amanda and Victor plan to eat dinner?

3. What appears to be one of Elyot's pastimes?

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

5. What does Amanda do when she realizes Elyot is in the hotel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Victor and Sibyl both use nicknames for Amanda and Elyot (Mandy and Elli), though Amanda and Elyot always refer to each other by their full names. What is the significance of the use of nicknames in regards to these four characters?

2. 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?

3. Why do Amanda and Elyot choose Paris to run away to?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

Essay Topic 2

Amanda and Elyot appear to be stuck in a never-ending cycle of love and hate. Is this tragic, comedic, or both? Why? Is it within the grasp of their character to be able to escape? Do you believe they want to escape? Why or why not?

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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