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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

Elyot claims that women are all manipulative and crafty. Do you believe that Amanda and Sibyl are particularly manipulative? If they both are manipulative, is it in the same way and to achieve the same goals? Why or why not? What is the point of the manipulations? Are Victor and Elyot manipulative as well?

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 and Elyot speak about how they used to slap each other around, culminating in a knock-down, drag-out fight at the end of Act II. What is the point of the physical violence in this play? Could the play have existed without the final fight at the end of Act II? What does it show about the characters?

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