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. How does Algernon describe Lane at the end of the First Act?

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

3. In Act I, what relation does Jack claim to Cecily?

4. What does Gwendolyn's brother ask all of his girlfriends?

5. How old is Cecily?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

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

4. Who is Bunbury?

5. Describe Algernon and Jack's conversation concerning Cecily and Gwendolen.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 int he creation of elaborate deceptions?

Part 2.) How do Cecily and Gwendolen's view 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 3

In the Importance of Being Earnest, certain objects play more central roles in driving action than characters. Write an essay dealing with the following three objects - a paragraph each - and how they affect the outcome of the play:

Part 1.) Algernon's bills

Part 2.) Cecily's diary

Part 3.) The handbag

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