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. Next to whose room does Merriman place Algernon's luggage?

2. What does Chasuble claim was the reference in his unintentionally romantic comment to Miss Prism?

3. Why does Gwendolyn decline sugar in her tea?

4. Which of the following is not an aspect of Algernon's character that Jack assails when he tells him to leave the manner

5. When Algernon arrives, under what name is he traveling?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Gwendolen state that she wishes Cecily were older?

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

4. What does Cecily do to anger Gwendolen as they take tea?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like many English comedic plays, the Importance of Being Ernest ends with three marriages:

Part 1.) How are Jack's and Algernon's betrothal inextricable linked, both as impediments to each other and later as facilitators?

Part 2.) What obstacles do Miss Prism and Chasuble face in their courtship? What would have happened had they not wed?

Part 3.) Which of the three engagements suffered most before becoming secure? Which marriage do you think will be strongest? Cite examples from the text to justify your position.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the characters in The Importance of Being Ernest rely upon fiction to live their lives as they would like:

Part 1.) Describe Algernon's relationship with Bunbury. How does he use his "friend" to avoid unpleasant situations?

Part 2.) Compare Jack's relationship with Ernest to Algernon's with Bunbury? How are his motivations for having a fake associate different? Are his methods more complex?

Part 3.) Compare both Jack and Algernon's fictional associates with Cecily's fantasy life from her diary. How are her motivations and methods different from the men's?

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