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. On what day is Jack leaving town?

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

3. What is Lady Bracknell's first question for Jack?

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

5. What adjective does Lady Bracknell use to describe Algernon's association with the invalid "Bunbury"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

5. How does Jack Worthing's cigarette case betray his identity to Algernon?

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

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

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

9. What, according to Jack and Algernon, is the difference between mothers and fathers in modern society?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose one of the following three options to write about:

1.) To what extent has Cecily always been at the beck and call of authority figures fro Thomas Cardew to Miss Prism. Write three paragraphs about her subjugation to three separate masters and how her diary undermines this control.

2.) Do you think that Gwendolen is an inherently rebellious character or a generally subservient character that acts against her nature in the story? Cite examples from the text to defend your answer.

3.) What is Miss Prism's motivation in the play? What is she running from and why has she decided that she will not marry?

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