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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. Where did Mollie meet her new love?

2. What are the rumors in town regarding Philip?

3. What does Mollie tell Philip she intends to do that will affect her relationship with him?

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

5. When do John and Philip first meet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Paris confide in John about?

4. What does John consider to be a betrayal?

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

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

7. Who is Sister and what does she do?

8. How does Philip describe his time at the sanatorium?

9. Describe the nightmare that Paris has in the beginning of the play?

10. How does Mollie believe Philip died?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Family obligation is a heavy burden for many people. Mollie is passionate over Philip, but also feels a commitment to him because of their past and because of her obvious involvement with his family. Discuss how family obligation can sometimes blind us from our true hearts desire and can serve as the ultimate obstacle to happiness because of the weight of responsibility. How does Mollie represent that weight? Use examples from the text.

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