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's profession symbolize to Mollie?

2. What does Philip's mother do after Philip lashes out in anger towards her because of the state of his life?

3. Which character does Philip have questions about the moment he arrives home?

4. What did it take for Mollie to fall in love with Philip?

5. What quality does Philip display as equally as his madness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What information does John give Mollie that makes her brighten?

3. Where does the play take place?

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

5. What are Mollie and Paris planning to do now that Philip is dead?

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

7. What does Paris confide in John about?

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

9. Who is John Tucker?

10. How does Mollie react to John's question?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of success. Provide a definition and include the examples of powerful and successful people in history. Then, using this base, discuss how Philip' emotional health may have been affected by his success, and then his lack thereof. How has success served him, and how has it hindered his relationships? Include textual references in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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