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

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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 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

Essay Topic 1

The play begins in London and take place largely in a manor house in Woolton. The conflict between town and country is a central component of Oscar WIlde's play.

Part 1.) Where do Jack and Algernon, separately, prefer to relax? How does their preference result in the creation of elaborate deceptions?

Part 2.) How do Cecily and Gwendolen's views of the city and country differ from Jack's and Algernon's? Are their opinions more or less ambiguous?

Part 3.) Write an overview of the relative merits and drawbacks of town and country according to the characters of the play. Be sure to cite which character said these things.

Essay Topic 2

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

Part 1.) How are Jack's and Algernon's betrothals inextricably 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 3

How 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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