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. Why do servants steal more champagne in the houses of bachelors?

2. How does Algernon describe Lane at the end of the First Act?

3. What relation is not popular at the present time?

4. What has Gwendolyn asked Lady Bracknell to refrain from?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

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

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

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

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

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1.) What aspects of a person are important to a courtship according to Cecily? How do these differ from those of Lady Bracknell?

2.) What is Algernon's stated stance on romance and marriage in Act I? Why do you think he decides to propose to Cecily in spite of this position? Cite statements made by Algernon later to justify your argument.

3.) Gwendolen's statement about always wanting to marry a man named Ernest is absurd, but her reasons for liking the name are indicative of a desire everyone has when getting married. What are her reasons for liking the name and how do they indicate a universal desire of humankind?

Essay Topic 3

Write about Lady Bracknell as the driving force in the play. Cite three examples of moments where she is the sole arbiter of the another character's fate. How is the climax a result of her machinations?

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