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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. When fighting with Sibyl, what does Elyot say infuriates him more than anything?

2. How long were Elyot and Amanda married?

3. What separates the two terraces in the first scene?

4. What does Elyot do to Amanda to calm her when she starts to panic about leaving?

5. What time of day does the first act take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. What is Amanda's outlook on the violence in her previous marriage that is so shocking to Victor?

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Victor and Sibyl appear to be two dimensional characters who are firmly stuck in their roles as man and woman. Do you consider these characters to be particularly intelligent? Does their intelligence or lack thereof affect their exaggerated femininity or masculinity? What are some specific examples of these characteristics? How do the other characters react to these qualities? Do you believe that these exaggerations cause their big breakdown at the very end of the play? Were they forced out of their passive roles by Amanda and Elyot's rampant challenging of how men and women are expected to act?

Essay Topic 2

Elyot tells Victor that there is no point in fighting each other, as it never solves anything. However, Elyot and Amanda had, just the night before, fought each other violently. Why does Elyot believe that fighting Victor is pointless, but still fights with Amanda? For example, is it a matter of respect, love, or cowardice? Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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

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