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. What does Cecily do with the scissors?

2. What attribute of Ernest does Cecily love?

3. Why is Miss Prism concerned by Chasuble's being in the vestry?

4. How does Cecily have letters from Ernest?

5. What does Jack tell Algernon has happened to Bunbury?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

2. What has Algernon arranged for later in the afternoon that jack has as well?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1.) What aspects of a person are important to a courtship according to Cecily? How do these differ from those of Lady Bracknell?

2.) What is Algernon's stated stance on romance and marriage in Act I? Why do you think he decides to propose to Cecily in spite of this position? Cite statements made by Algernon later to justify your argument.

3.) Gwendolen's statement about always wanting to marry a man named Ernest is absurd, but her reasons for liking the name are indicative of a desire everyone has when getting married. What are her reasons for liking the name and how do they indicate a universal desire of humankind?

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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