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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What adjective does Lady Bracknell use to describe Algernon's association with the invalid "Bunbury"?
(a) Morbid
(b) Frivolous
(c) Foolish
(d) Christian

2. What service does Lady Bracknell require of Algernon on Saturday?
(a) He must arrange her music
(b) He must rearrange her furniture
(c) He must tend to her shrubbery
(d) They must attend a French farce together

3. What is the only thing that allows Algernon to put up with his relatives?
(a) Hearing them privately abused
(b) The gossip about his friends
(c) Seeing them leave
(d) The ocassional loans

4. Why does Mr. Thomas Cardew give baby Jack the surname Worthing?
(a) It was the first word that came to mind
(b) It is the name of Cardew's favorite footballer
(c) It was Cardew's mother's maiden name
(d) It was the destination of his ticket

5. How old is Jack?
(a) Forty-three
(b) Nineteen
(c) Thirty-five
(d) Twenty-nine

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Algernon, what do the lower classes lack a sense of?

2. What aspect of humanity is Jack sick of?

3. Why does Jack neglect to tell Gwendolen about the existence of Cecily?

4. What most attracts Gwendolyn to "Ernest"?

5. Where in Victoria Station was the handbag with Jack in it discovered?

Short Essay Questions

1. What, according to Jack and Algernon, is the difference between mothers and fathers in modern society?

2. What orders does Algernon give Lane at the end of the First Act?

3. What is Lady Bracknell's response to the story of Jack's adoption?

4. Why does Algernon discreetly write down Jack's country address on his cuff?

5. What is Algernon's stated opinion of love and marriage in Act I?

6. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

7. Describe Algernon and Jack's conversation concerning Cecily and Gwendolen.

8. Why do Algernon and Jack have such difficulty choosing a place to have dinner?

9. Name a few of Lady Bracknell's requirements for a suitable bachelor.

10. Why does Jack intend to "kill" Ernest?

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