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. To where do Elyot and Amanda plan to run away?

2. To what does Amanda say, "What an odd thing to be glad about?"

3. In Act I, where do the honeymooning couples plan to spend their first night together?

4. When Sibyl and Victor leave, what do Amanda and Elyot do with the cocktails?

5. Before Sibyl storms off the terrace in Act 1, what does Elyot tell her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What would be the best way to describe the relationship between each of the married couples?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The four main characters of this play are all from England, though the play itself is set in France. What is the purpose of setting the play in two different locations in France? Would it have changed the play to be set in a different country, including the one native to the characters?

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