The Importance of Being Earnest Test | Final 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. Whom has Gwendolen already contacted about her betrothal to Ernest?

2. Why was Miss Prism's novel never published?

3. What does Cecily do with the scissors?

4. Who serves tea to Cecily and Gwendolen?

5. What workman's item does Gwendolen claim never to have seen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Cecily's response to Algernon's proposal to her?

2. What order does Jack give to Algernon after the women go in to lunch?

3. What argument does Jack make to Algernon about eating in times of despair, and why at the end of Act II?

4. How does Cecily get rid of Miss Prism at the the beginning of Act II?

5. What reason does Miss Prism give for not wanting Ernest to be saved from his vices?

6. How do Cecily and Gwendolen learn the truth about Ernest?

7. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

8. How does Algernon end up paying for Jack's debt in Act II?

9. What reason does Cecily give for not wanting to show Algernon her diary?

10. How does Algernon get rid of Miss Prism when he wants say goodbye to Cecily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Importance of Being Earnest, certain objects play more central roles in driving action than characters. Write an essay dealing with the following three objects - a paragraph each - and how they affect the outcome of the play:

Part 1.) Algernon's bills

Part 2.) Cecily's diary

Part 3.) The handbag

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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