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. On what topic does Gwendolyn ask Jack to refrain from speaking?

2. What is Algernon enjoying at the end of the Act?

3. To whom does Jack let his town house much of the year?

4. Where does "Ernest" have a country house?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jack Worthing's business in London?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Gwendolen love so much about the name Ernest?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Oscar Wilde saying in the play about the power of wit and ingenuity? Does Wilde view this a central skill in overcoming social position. Use Jack Worthing a model in defense of your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay, focusing on Lady Bracknell's standards for a suitor. Cite three examples of her requirements, and defend her insistence on them. How do Lady Bracknell's concerns reflect the lack of options open to Victorian women.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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