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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. Why does Philip's family continue to forgive him even when his genius and madness seem to overshadow his entire self?

2. What has Sister never done that seems to astound others?

3. What does Philip swear is the only thing that will satisfy him and cause him to regain his mental health?

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

5. What gift does Philip give Paris for his forgotten birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Paris's reaction to the fact that his mother picked up a stranger off the side of the road and that John has fallen for her?

2. Why are men attracted to Mollie and not attracted to Sister?

3. What is John trying to figure out about the relationship between Mollie and Philip?

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

5. Who is John Tucker?

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

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

8. How does Mollie believe Philip died?

9. What becomes clear to be the main reason Philip wants to take Paris with him?

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

Essay 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

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

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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