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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 John confess his ex-wife did that destroyed their marriage and John's faith in marriage?

2. Who is Mother Lovejoy placing the onus of saving Philip upon?

3. What does Paris's school friend immediately do when Philip comes into the room to speak to Paris?

4. What does Philip admit to Mollie that he needs and can't go on living without?

5. Who does Philip turn to automatically when his psyche is challenged and he needs reprieve?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the background of Philip Lovejoy.

3. What happens when Philip tries to seek answers as to why he is cursed with such madness?

4. How is Mollie the square root of wonderful?

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

6. What does John hope the story of the sailor will accomplish?

7. What happens when Mollie announces to Philip that she plans to leave with John?

8. Who is Sister and what does she do?

9. What happens when John re-enters the home after Mother Lovejoy and Sister have returned to bed?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism in the play? How is the symbolism brought forth to the reader? Describe how the white covered furniture is a symbol. Discuss how the symbolism housed within the play is a direct element to the unfolding of the play. Use three examples of symbolism and their affect on the characters in your response.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and Contrast the roles of Sister and Mother Lovejoy. In which ways are the ladies alike in their thinking regarding Philip? In which ways are they different? Is one woman more of an enabler than the other? Explain your answer and use evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Family obligation is a heavy burden for many people. Mollie is passionate over Philip, but also feels a commitment to him because of their past and because of her obvious involvement with his family. Discuss how family obligation can sometimes blind us from our true hearts desire and can serve as the ultimate obstacle to happiness because of the weight of responsibility. How does Mollie represent that weight? Use examples from the text.

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