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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

Discuss the genre of this play. As a comedy of manners, how does it play to the reader's expectations? How are the characters drawn within the confines of this type of play? Is the plot consistent with a comedy of manners?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The stage directions and dialogue are very direct with how the characters should look. Discuss the physical characteristics, clothing, and age of each character and how it reflects upon each character. Why is it important that Sibyl is seven years younger than Elyot or that Victor is in his mid-thirties? What about the difference in costuming between Amanda and Sibyl? How do the characters appear to each other?

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