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 is John's profession?

2. What does Philip employ as a winning strategy when he tells Mollie that he will die if she leaves him?

3. What does Philip eventually conclude about himself regarding his failures?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mollie the square root of wonderful?

2. What does Paris's friend Hattie think of Philip?

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

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

5. Describe the background of Philip Lovejoy.

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

7. What happens as a result of Philip returning, startling Mollie, and speaking of their relationship?

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

9. Where does the play take place?

10. Describe the conversation that takes place between father and son when Philip returns home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the relationship between Paris and John Tucker. In what was is John becoming a father figure to Paris? In what ways is John different from Philip in his fathering techniques? In what ways is Philip different from John when it comes to fostering Paris's emotional well being. Is John's influence enough to sustain Paris or is Philip's presence necessary to his raising? Use textual evidence to support your findings.

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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