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?
The Importance of Being Earnest wittily subverts certain respected establishments in English Victorian society. Write three body paragraphs about how Oscar Wilde uses his play to lampoon the following institutions:
Part 1) The Family and the Household
Part 2) Creditors and solicitors
Part 3) The Church
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
Miss Prism is one of the more complex characters in The Importance of Being Earnest. Write an essay covering the following topics surrounding her character:
Part 1) When we first meet Miss Prism in Act 2, what do we think is her passion in life? Does she have one? What are her attitudes - stated or implied - or art and marriage?
Part 2) At what point do we realize that Miss Prism has feelings for Chasuble? What hope does she have of taking him as a husband?
Part 3) How do the revelations about Miss Prism's past affect our understanding of her character? Is she, in the end, a more or less sympathetic character?
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