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 Philip display as equally as his madness?

2. At the dinner table, what does Philip dissuade John from doing?

3. Why does Mollie hold her new lover at bay with her affections?

4. Who is Mother Lovejoy placing the onus of saving Philip upon?

5. Why does Mollie always take Philip back, despite his violent tendencies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the play take place?

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

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

4. How does Mollie believe Philip died?

5. How is Mollie the square root of wonderful?

6. Who is John Tucker?

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

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

9. What has happened to Philip's enthusiasm for his writing?

10. What happens when Mollie announces to Philip that she plans to leave with John?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the implications of the falling action and resolution (or denouement ) of the play? How has the character of Mollie changed? How has the Lovejoy family accepted changed into their life? In what ways was the resolution inevitable?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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