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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which character is the most capable of showing personal affection as seen especially in Act 3?
2. In what kind of state is Philip when he recalls his boyhood?
3. How does Mollie react to Paris's "square root of wonderful?"
4. How does Paris describe the act of suicide?
5. What is Paris's explanation of his father's death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the act of suicide in The Square Root of Wonderful. We know that Paris mentions that suicide is weakness. However, when someone is on the edge of despair where no rational thought takes place, could it be considered a sickness or a form of relief? Does Philip's suicide bring the family closer together or does it split them further apart. Does it serve it's purpose or is it the ultimate tragedy?
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
Describe the tone and mood of The Square Root of Wonderful. What does the authors attitude imply? Discuss the elements of pessimism, optimism, earnestness, bitterness, joy, and seriousness that are embedded in the play. Discuss the choice of objects, details, images, and words that contribute to the mood of a play. Explain your answer by using specific scenes and characters.
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