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 kind of family did Philip originally come from?

2. What does Mollie commend Philip on when she first sees him after his stay in the sanatorium?

3. What is John trying to find out about Mollie?

4. What does the character of Mollie rely on most when she makes a decision?

5. What does Philip suffer from that has led him to suicide attempts in the past?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Mother Lovejoy and Sister subtlety attempt to sway Mollie into doing?

2. What does John consider to be a betrayal?

3. What does Paris confide in John about?

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

5. What time does Philip wake?

6. Why does Philip want Paris to get dressed?

7. What happens as a result of Philip's outburst of violence?

8. How does Hattie react to seeing Philip back home for the first time?

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

10. How does Paris react to Hattie's mention of the word "suicide" in the same sentence as his father's name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the element of foreshadowing in The Square Root of Wonderful? How many times is foreshadowing used and is it a powerful tool for the reader to better understand the characters and plot of the play? Give examples of foreshadowing in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the act of suicide in The Square Root of Wonderful. We know that Paris mentions that suicide is weakness. However, when someone is on the edge of despair where no rational thought takes place, could it be considered a sickness or a form of relief? Does Philip's suicide bring the family closer together or does it split them further apart. Does it serve it's purpose or is it the ultimate tragedy?

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