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. How many counties can one see from the hills of around the manor?

2. Whom has Gwendolen already contacted about her betrothal to Ernest?

3. What is Cecily's justification that she should not have to learn German?

4. Where does Cecily tell Algernon he is being sent?

5. Who serves tea to Cecily and Gwendolen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What news does Jack bring with him when he returns home from London.

3. Describe Cecily and Miss Prisms opposing views on writing.

4. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

5. After the two women storm off, what is Algernon's attitude?

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

7. What changes in Ernest's behavior does Algernon announce when he arrives at Jack's country house?

8. When Algernon arrives under the guise Ernest, what does Cecily tell him about Jack's plans?

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

10. Describe Chasuble.

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 an essay with the thesis that Jack Worthing's decision to hire Miss Prism before the play begins is the reason why the play ends happily. Use the three marriage's as a framing device for your argument.

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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