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. Why do most of Philip's family members tend to forgive him, even though he is a violent and volatile man?

2. Where did Mollie meet her new love?

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

4. What quality of Philip has served as the backdrop for the tumultuous lives of his family?

5. What quality does Philip display as equally as his madness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mollie react to John's question?

3. What is Mollie horror-stricken about?

4. What does Mother Lovejoy want Mollie to do and how does she want Mollie to act regarding her relationship with Philip?

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

6. How is Mollie the square root of wonderful?

7. How does Paris react to Hattie's questions and curiosity about Philip Lovejoy's suicide?

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

9. How does Philip return to the farmhouse before he is expected?

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

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 2

Compare and Contrast the characters of John Tucker and Philip Lovejoy. Include the ironies of their lives, including where they come from and who they have become. Discuss how their characters pull different, yet equally powerful emotions out of Mollie. Finally, include Mollie as the driving force of their decisions in your essay. Use 3 pieces of textual evidence in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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