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 does Philip have the most difficult time controlling about himself?

2. What did Mollie and Philip do the day they met?

3. If Philip were to re-marry Mollie, how would Mother Lovejoy benefit?

4. Where did Mollie meet her new love?

5. What does Sister assure Philip will happen if he calms himself from the fight with Mollie and just comes back home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does John discuss with Paris that he considers the square root of sin?

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

5. What is the primary reason why Philip wants to take Paris with him?

6. Where did Mollie find John?

7. Describe the background of Philip Lovejoy.

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

9. What is Paris's reaction to the fact that his mother picked up a stranger off the side of the road and that John has fallen for her?

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

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

What is the symbolism in the play? How is the symbolism brought forth to the reader? Describe how the white covered furniture is a symbol. Discuss how the symbolism housed within the play is a direct element to the unfolding of the play. Use three examples of symbolism and their affect on the characters in your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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