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. What is heard off-stage when the play starts?

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

3. Where do Elyot and Sibyl plan to eat dinner?

4. What can Sibyl do that Amanda cannot?

5. What is the view from the terrace?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would Victor say to Amanda that she was frightening him?

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

4. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

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

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

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