An Ideal Husband 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. With whom does Caversham agree when she says one can never believe a word Goring says?

2. What does Lady Chiltern want to do about the theft of her letter to Goring?

3. At the end of Act 2, what does Mrs. Cheveley tell Lady Chiltern about Sir Robert?

4. What reason does Goring give for never having a serious conversation after seven?

5. Why doesn't Mrs. Cheveley think life has taught Lady Chiltern anything?

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

The climax of the play wraps up a number of misconceptions that occur during the course of the play. List and discuss at least three of the misconceptions, who is affected by them, and how they are resolved.

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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