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 quality does Mollie possess that Sister does not and is the reason why Sister remains single?

2. What is John trying to find out about Mollie?

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

4. In the beginning of Act 2, what activity has Philip resumed?

5. What kind of institution do we learn Philip is being released from in the beginning of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the realization that has put Philip over the edge?

2. What is Philip's rationale for leaving before dawn?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How is Mollie the square root of wonderful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the theme of "The Square Root of Wonderful?" What is the main idea or underlying meaning? It may be stated or implied but it is an idea the author returns to time and again and is the most important idea in the story. Explain your answer by sharing the feelings of the main character, the thoughts and conversations he has, the actions and events of the story, and what the characters ultimately learn.

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