Arcadia Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What secret does Augustus know about Thomasina?

2. Why is it significant that the covers to the letters from Mrs. Chater have not survived?

3. What tabloid headline does Hannah share with the Crooms?

4. What is unusual about the staging in this scene?

5. What is Valentine looking for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates said, "The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." Consider the concept of honor or honorable behavior in Stoppard's play, and write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Socrates' quote, using evidence from the play to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

What forms of deception take place in Stoppard's play? Using examples of deception from the play, write an essay in determine the effect deception has on people, events, and ideas in Sidley Park.

Essay Topic 3

George Jean Nathan once remarked, "Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people." Consider the role of wealth and privilege in Stoppard's play and then defend, refute, or qualify Nathan's quote as it applies to the text.

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