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. In what county is Jack's country house?

2. What mythical creature does Jack compare Lady Bracknell to?

3. To whom does Jack let his town house much of the year?

4. According to Algernon, what is the essence of romance?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gwendolen love so much about the name Ernest?

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

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

5. Describe Algernon Moncrieff.

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

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

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

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

10. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

Jack Worthing begins the play admitting to a series of untruths, among them his name and his relationship with Cecily. Do you think that Jack's habit of deceiving those close to him is forgivable since no one is harmed? Do you think that Gwendolen is genuinely hurt by the revelation Jack has lied to her? What about his assertion that Ernest has died?

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