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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. In Act I, Sibyl asks Elyot about Amanda. According to Elyot, what does Amanda do beautifully that Sibyl can not do?

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

3. How long have Amanda and Elyot been divorced at the start of the play?

4. What does the orchestra keep doing in Act 1?

5. What is the code-phrase that Amanda and Elyot decide to use to stop all arguments?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the start of the play, is Elyot in love with Sibyl? How can the reader tell?

2. What is the significance of "Solomon Isaacs?"

3. Why do Elyot and Amanda both lie to their spouses about the reasons they should leave the hotel instead of just telling the truth?

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. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Amanda's speech about a person's private life sums up one of the themes of the play. What would happen if Amanda and Elyot behaved with everyone else as they do with each other? Would they be as successful in life as they appear to be? Would anyone have wanted to marry either of them again? Do you believe this? Why or why not?

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