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. According to Lady Bracknell, how with Gwendolyn know when she is engaged?

2. What political affiliation does Jack claim?

3. How old is Jack?

4. Who are the most interesting people, according to Algernon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

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

5. How is it that Jack does not know who his parents are?

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

7. What clandestine declaration does Gwendolen make to Jack before she leaves?

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

9. Why doe Jack go by the name of Ernest in London?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like many English comedic plays, the Importance of Being Ernest ends with three marriages:

Part 1.) How are Jack's and Algernon's betrothal inextricable linked, both as impediments to each other and later as facilitators?

Part 2.) What obstacles do Miss Prism and Chasuble face in their courtship? What would have happened had they not wed?

Part 3.) Which of the three engagements suffered most before becoming secure? Which marriage do you think will be strongest? Cite examples from the text to justify your position.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write about Lady Bracknell as the driving force in the play. Cite three examples of moments where she is the sole arbiter of the another character's fate. How is the climax a result of her machinations?

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