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

2. How old is Jack?

3. In terms of playing music, what is Algernon's forte?

4. Which of these is not a suggestion that Algernon makes as to what they should do after dinner?

5. What relation is not popular at the present time?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Algernon's stated opinion of love and marriage in Act I?

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

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

8. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write about:

1.) What do you think is Oscar Wilde's opinion of the English upper class? Do you consider his portraits of landed English gentry is loving or caustic? Cite examples from the text.

2.) Compare, in three paragraphs, three servant characters and three aristocrats in the play. Which are the more clever and worldly? How much do the upper class characters rely on the servants?

3.) Do you think there is greater personal freedom in being part of the servant class in the Victorian era or being in the Upper class. Cite examples from the text and historical background to justify your stance.

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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