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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 is the only thing that allows Algernon to put up with his relatives?
2. To what composer does Algernon compare his Aunt's ring?
3. In terms of playing music, what is Algernon's forte?
4. What mythical creature does Jack compare Lady Bracknell to?
5. In what perpetual state is Algernon, according to Jack?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Algernon end up paying for Jack's debt in Act 2?
2. What reason does Cecily give for not wanting to show Algernon her diary?
3. What does Gwendolen love so much about the name, Ernest?
4. What does Jack mean by his final statement about knowing the vital importance of being earnest?
5. In what stalemate do the couples find themselves midway through the final act of the play?
6. Name a few of Lady Bracknell's requirements for a suitable bachelor.
7. What is Lady Bracknell's opinion of Bunbury?
8. What has Algernon arranged for later in the afternoon that Jack has as well?
9. What piece of advice does Lady Bracknell give Miss Prism after Chasuble declares his love?
10. How do Algernon and Jack break the women's barrier of silence?
Essay Topic 1
Choose one of the following options to write about:
1.) What type of freedom does Ernest allow Jack? Can he do certain things because of Ernest that he could not without him? What unexpected challenges arise because of the freedom Ernest allows?
2.) Write about debt as a driving force in the play? Which characters - both real and fictional - have accumulated debt and how doe they justify it. Cite specific examples in the text.
3.) To what extent are Lane, Miss Prism, and Chasuble all constrained by unseen forces to act in a certain way? Do any of them overcome these forces?
Essay Topic 2
The Importance of Being Earnest wittily subverts certain respected establishments in English Victorian society. Write three body paragraphs about how Oscar Wilde uses his play to lampoon the following institutions:
Part 1) The Family and the Household
Part 2) Creditors and solicitors
Part 3) The Church
Essay Topic 3
Is Chasuble a religious hypocrite or merely a bumbling blowhard? Make a case for one or the other in essay form, citing statement made and actions taken be Chasuble to corroborate your position.
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