The Importance of Being Earnest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What political affiliation does Jack claim?

2. Which of the following is not a condition that Jack and Algernon consider to kill Ernest?

3. What does Lane present to Algernon while Jack sees Gwendolen out?

4. What does Jack plan to do in the near future?

5. Where does Algernon suggest dining instead of the Savoy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are there no cucumber sandwiches at the Algernon's when Lady Bracknell arrives?

2. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

4. Describe Algernon Moncrieff.

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

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

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

8. How does Jack Worthing's cigarette case betray his identity to Algernon?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following options to write about:

1.) What does Algernon's habit of always eating say about him as a character? Write about three examples in the play where Algernon is forced to explain his appetite and how he does so.

2.) Cecily and Miss Prism's argument about her diary and the three-volume novel say much about both? What secrets does this conversation allude to, and how does it frame each's attitude toward literature and love?

3.) Chasuble is constantly quoting - and misquoting - religious sources and tenets. How does his level of comfort with his chosen profession help or hinder his decision regarding Miss Prism at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Several of the characters in The Importance of Being Ernest rely upon fiction to live their lives as they would like:

Part 1.) Describe Algernon's relationship with Bunbury. How does he use his "friend" to avoid unpleasant situations?

Part 2.) Compare Jack's relationship with Ernest to Algernon's with Bunbury? How are his motivations for having a fake associate different? Are his methods more complex?

Part 3.) Compare both Jack and Algernon's fictional associates with Cecily's fantasy life from her diary. How are her motivations and methods different from the men's?

Essay Topic 3

Now does Jack's last line about "the vital importance of being earnest" reflect a possible lesson he has learned. Use Jack's character arc over the course of the play and the reason for his final salvation as evidence to support your argument.

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