The Square Root of Wonderful 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. What does Philip suffer from that has led him to suicide attempts in the past?

2. What gift does Philip give Paris for his forgotten birthday?

3. Why does Mollie hold her new lover at bay with her affections?

4. What does Sister assure Philip will happen if he calms himself from the fight with Mollie and just comes back home?

5. What does Philip's mother do after Philip lashes out in anger towards her because of the state of his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Paris's reaction to his father's idea of leaving?

2. How does Philip return to the farmhouse before he is expected?

3. What is the primary reason why Philip wants to take Paris with him?

4. Describe the background of Philip Lovejoy.

5. What does Mother Lovejoy offer to Paris now that his father has passed?

6. What are the blueprints that Paris carries from the barn into the house going to be used for?

7. What does Philip learns has happened in regards to Mollie after his evening spent in anger and rage?

8. How has Mollie taken the news of Philip's death?

9. How is Mollie the square root of wonderful?

10. What are Hattie's comments regarding the white coverings over the furnishings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The way the Lovejoys express their love is different for each character. Sometimes we are unaware that someone is trying to love us because they are going about it in a way we are not accustomed to. Discuss the love relationships between Mollie and Philip, between Sister and Philip, and between Paris and Philip. In what ways was love shown outwardly and in what ways was it hidden and how did this show of love affect the well being of each character?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and Contrast the characters of John Tucker and Philip Lovejoy. Include the ironies of their lives, including where they come from and who they have become. Discuss how their characters pull different, yet equally powerful emotions out of Mollie. Finally, include Mollie as the driving force of their decisions in your essay. Use 3 pieces of textual evidence in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

There is a fine line between genius and madness. Discuss how artistic genius can also be a curse. Include examples in history as pieces of evidence. Then, discuss how the character of Philip is a archetypal blueprint of a jaded artist. Include two pieces of dialogue in your answer.

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