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 John offer Mollie that Phillip cannot?

2. Why does Mollie always take Philip back, despite his violent tendencies?

3. What is the name of the new man in Mollie's life?

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

5. What does John think Philip has done to Mollie to keep her in love with him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the background of Philip Lovejoy.

3. Where does Philip tell Paris they will go?

4. How has Mother Lovejoy attempted to help Mollie get to the train station?

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

6. Where did Mollie find John?

7. What does Philip apologize to Paris about during their talk?

8. How is John is the voice of reason for Mollie?

9. Why does Philip want Paris to get dressed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Man versus Society conflict that is created through the character of Philip and his doomed and fated career as a writer. How is society at fault, or at partial fault for Philip's demise? Could Philip have turned his life around, despite the societal ramifications? Include the sanatorium, the failed marriage, the failed writing career - all of which put Philip in poor social standing. Explain your answer by using examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the time and setting of the play and how the setting has a direct impact on the characters. Name the historical prototypes that are used in the play and describe how the characters represent the time in history in which the play is set. Also, include an analysis of the farmhouse and how it relates to the plot of the play.

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