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. About how much money does "Ernest" owe the Savoy?

2. How often does does Algernon suggest one should check on one's relations?

3. Who is Cecily's governess?

4. How old is Cecily?

5. When does Jack take the name of Ernest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Algernon Moncrieff.

7. What is Lady Bracknell's response to the story of Jack's adoption?

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

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

10. What is Lady Bracknell's opinion of Bunbury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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