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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What ailment does Cecily claim Miss prism has?
2. Which of the following is not an aspect of Algernon's character that Jack assails when he tells him to leave the manor?
3. Who does Cecily wish would come to the country manor?
4. At the end of the act, why does Algernon not want to see Cecily in the garden?
5. Whom has Gwendolen already contacted about her betrothal to Ernest?
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 from 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
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
Essay Topic 3
Choose one of the following to write about:
1.) What do you think is Oscar Wilde's opinion of the English upper class? Do you consider his portraits of landed English gentry is loving or caustic? Cite examples from the text.
2.) Compare, in three paragraphs, three servant characters and three aristocrats in the play. Which are the more clever and worldly? How much do the upper class characters rely on the servants?
3.) Do you think there is greater personal freedom in being part of the servant class in the Victorian Era or being in the Upper Class. Cite examples from the text and historical background to justify your stance.
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