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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's profession symbolize to Mollie?

2. What quality does John have that Philip does not that keeps John on a steady path?

3. What event does the dream that Paris has in the beginning of the play foreshadow?

4. What is the name of Paris's friend from school?

5. What do both Mother Lovejoy and Sister honestly think of the state of Philip and Mollie's turbulent relationship during Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the background of Philip Lovejoy.

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

3. Why does Philip want Paris to get dressed?

4. What is Mollie horror-stricken about?

5. How does Mollie react to Sister's blatant question of whether or not she loves Philip and if she plans to marry him for the third time?

6. How does Paris react to Hattie's questions and curiosity about Philip Lovejoy's suicide?

7. What does John consider to be a betrayal?

8. Where does Philip tell Paris they will go?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the confusion of the character of Mollie in terms of the decision she must make between John and Philip. Why is she is love with John? What does John provide that Philip does not? In what ways is Philip a perfect match for her? In what ways is Philip the wrong person for her to re-marry? Finally, how will her decision affect Paris?

Essay Topic 2

The allure of security is a driving force in the plot development of The Square Root of Wonderful. How important is security in a marriage or relationship in the present day? How important was the role of security in a marriage or relationship in the 1950s? Discuss how love and marriage differ in terms of needs and desires now versus then, weaving in security and safety in your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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