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

2. What appears to be one of Elyot's pastimes?

3. In Act I, Sibyl asks Elyot about Amanda. According to Elyot, what does Amanda do beautifully that Sibyl can not do?

4. What is the view from the terrace?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. Why would Victor say to Amanda that she was frightening him?

8. 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?

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

10. Why does Sibyl keep asking Elyot about Amanda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda and Elyot's battles appear to be made up of petty jealousies. Can their love exist without jealousy? Why or why not? What is the point of it? How does it add or detract from their love?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Amanda and Elyot have a deep, involved history of being passionately in love and being just as violently hateful toward each other.

1) Compare and contrast the relationship between Amanda and Elyot versus their relationships with Victor and Sibyl. Discuss the similarities and differences using specific examples from the script.

2) How do you believe the new marriages would have worked out had Elyot and Amanda not run away together? Specifically, would Elyot and Amanda have been able to reconcile their "private lives" to their new spouses?

3) In your opinion, should Elyot and Amanda ever again attempt to stay together? Support your arguments with specific examples from the script.

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