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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of humanity is Jack sick of?



2. What does Lady Bracknell describe as a "delicate exotic fruit?"



3. What most attracts Gwendolyn to "Ernest?"



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



5. What item did Jack leave in Algernon's house the last time he called?



Short Essay Questions

1. What piece of advice does Lady Bracknell give Miss Prism after Chasuble declares his love?



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



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



4. How do Algernon and Jack break the women's barrier of silence?



5. What misconception does Jack have about Miss Prism after she tells the story of his origins?



6. Do Cecily and Gwendolen believe the men's reasons for deception?



7. How do Cecily and Gwendolen learn the truth about Ernest?



8. What s the final obstacle the men face in wooing their women, and how do they overcome it?



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



10. What is Algernon's stated opinion of love and marriage in Act 1?



Essay Topics

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.

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1.) What aspects of a person are important to a courtship according to Cecily? How do these differ from those of Lady Bracknell?

2.) What is Algernon's stated stance on romance and marriage in Act 1? Why do you think he decides to propose to Cecily in spite of this position? Cite statements made by Algernon later to justify your argument.

3.) Gwendolen's statement about always wanting to marry a man named Ernest is absurd, but her reasons for liking the name are indicative of a desire everyone has when getting married. What are her reasons for liking the name and how do they indicate a universal desire of humankind?

Miss Prism is one of the more complex characters in The Importance of Being Earnest. Write an essay covering the following topics surrounding her character:

Part 1) When we first meet Miss Prism in Act 2, what do we think is her passion in life? Does she have one? What are her attitudes - stated or implied - or art and marriage?

Part 2) At what point do we realize that Miss Prism has feelings for Chasuble? What hope does she have of taking him as a husband?

Part 3) How do the revelations about Miss Prism's past affect our understanding of her character? Is she, in the end, a more or less sympathetic character?

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