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. Which of the following is not a condition that Jack and Algernon consider to kill Ernest?

2. In terms of playing music, what is Algernon's forte?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Cecily become Jack's ward?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who is Bunbury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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:

1.) Socialism

2.) The French Revolution

3.) Women's Rights

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

Do you believe that Lady Bracknell's constant fretting about Gwendolen's inauspicious betrothal, the state of over-education, and comment on train platforms (to name a few examples) indicates an implicit fear of devaluation of high society in England? Write an essay with your position, using statements about the role of the upper class to support your claim.

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