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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. Where do Elyot and Sibyl plan to eat dinner?

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

3. What reason does Amanda give when she tries to convince Victor that they need to leave the hotel?

4. According to Elyot, how does he feel about Amanda?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Elyot know that Amanda's statement of the two of them being in love all over again is false?

3. To Sibyl's dismay, Elyot does not care for her mother and believes that Sibyl married him in part to escape her. What do the differing attitudes about the mother reveal about Sibyl's character?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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. 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. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the world of this play, does it seem that love cannot exist without violence? How do violence and passion relate to each other or do they at all? Cite specific examples from the script to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

When Victor is questioning Amanda in Act III, she claims that she hates Elyot, though she is deeply attracted to him. Does Amanda truly hate Elyot? Can she hate him and have an attraction? How? Keep in mind how loving she and Elyot are to each other, including the fact that they make up and leave together at the end.

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