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Private Lives Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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

Amanda's speech about a person's private life sums up one of the themes of the play. What would happen if Amanda and Elyot behaved with everyone else as they do with each other? Would they be as successful in life as they appear to be? Would anyone have wanted to marry either of them again? Do you believe this? Why or why not?

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?

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