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

2. Why does Mr. Thomas Cardew give baby Jack the surname Worthing?

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

4. Who is Cecily's governess?

5. In what perpetual state is Algernon, according to Jack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Algernon's stated opinion of love and marriage in Act I?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Algernon Moncrieff.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

What is Oscar Wilde saying in the play about the power of wit and ingenuity? Does Wilde view this a central skill in overcoming social position. Use Jack Worthing a model in defense of your thesis.

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