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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. Fill in the blank. Goring says, "Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, ________."

2. According to Lady Markby, what's better than light intellectual pressure?

3. In Act 2, Part 1, what event does Goring tell Sir Robert he'll be attending that evening?

4. For what reason does Mrs. Cheveley say she returned to London in Act 1, Part 1?

5. Why does Goring say people are pleased to find out about other people's secrets?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert is the difference between scandals in the old days and scandals in the present?

2. When Goring comments that Mrs. Cheveley is just as willful as she used to be, why does Mrs. Cheveley say she has actually improved?

3. Why isn't Mabel interested in men who have a future?

4. Mrs. Cheveley gives Sir Robert a piece of advice about dealing with their pasts. What does she tell him they all must do?

5. Why does Sir Robert say it was so important to him to achieve success when he was young?

6. Why is Mrs. Marchmont pleased when Goring tells her she is morbid?

7. Before sitting down to dinner, why does Mabel say that Goring has been "horrid" and what is his response?

8. What does Goring say is the purpose of visiting someone?

9. In Act 3, Part 2, what does Sir Robert say is the real motive behind Mrs. Cheveley blackmailing Sir Robert?

10. How does Mrs. Cheveley plan to use the letter Sir Robert wrote to Baron Arnheim regarding the Argentine Canal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Goring finally proposes to Mabel she accepts even though the proposal didn't occur in quite the way she hoped it would. Why do you think Goring's proposal is finally satisfactory with her even though it didn't quite meet her expectations? What does her acceptance of this less than ideal proposal say about her change in attitude toward marriage and all its trappings?

Essay Topic 2

Mrs. Cheveley is clearly the antagonist of this play; however, the protagonist of the play isn't quite as clear since there are really three characters who undergo significant transformation through the course of the play. Identify who these three characters are and discuss the transformation each of them goes through. Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of subplot in An Ideal Husband. What is the subplot and what purpose does it serve? How does it contrast and/or imitate the main plot? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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