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. What does Cecily pay no attention to, according to Jack?

2. What does Jack plan to do in the near future?

3. Who is Cecily's governess?

4. In what county is Jack's country house?

5. What service does Lady Bracknell require of Algernon on Saturday?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

9. Describe Algernon Moncrieff.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 2

Choose one of the following options to write about:

1.) What does Algernon's habit of always eating say about him as a character? Write about three examples in the play where Algernon is forced to explain his appetite and how he does so.

2.) Cecily and Miss Prism's argument about her diary and the three-volume novel say much about both? What secrets does this conversation allude to, and how does it frame each's attitude toward literature and love?

3.) Chasuble is constantly quoting - and misquoting - religious sources and tenets. How does his level of comfort with his chosen profession help or hinder his decision regarding Miss Prism at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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