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. Who does Philip turn to automatically when his psyche is challenged and he needs reprieve?

2. What does the character of Mollie rely on most when she makes a decision?

3. How does Mollie react to the sudden and unexpected presence of Philip?

4. What does Philip want more than anything else after he returns from the sanatorium?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is John is the voice of reason for Mollie?

4. What do Mother Lovejoy and Sister subtlety attempt to sway Mollie into doing?

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

6. Where did Mollie find John?

7. Describe how Philip looks when he is talking to Paris about leaving?

8. How does Paris react to Hattie's mention of the word "suicide" in the same sentence as his father's name?

9. How has Mother Lovejoy attempted to help Mollie get to the train station?

10. What has happened to Philip and his career as a writer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Man versus Self internal conflict of Philip Lovejoy. In what ways does he serve as his own worst enemy? In what ways has he turned down all offers of help for success? In what ways is he a friend to himself? Include 3 pieces textual evidence in your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Who is the protagonist, antagonist and foil in 'The Square Root of Wonderful?" Explain your reasoning for choosing each character and give examples from the text, including scenes that define these characters in their roles. Next, name the flat, or two-dimensional characters and how they lack depth. Then discuss how the play works because of the synergy of the entire cast.

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