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?
Do you believe that Lady Bracknell's constant fretting about Gwendolen's inauspicious betrothal, the state of over-education, and comment on train platforms (to name a few examples) indicates an implicit fear of devaluation of high society in England? Write an essay with your position, using statements about the role of the upper class to support your claim.
The characters of The Importance of Being Earnest live in a society largely unchanged in a dynamic century. As such, they often make disparaging remarks about revolutions going on around them. Write an essay about their attitude toward change, using the text as a guide and dedicating a paragraph to each of the following:
2.) The French Revolution
3.) Women's Rights
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.
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