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 Algernon claim to be when he meets Cecily?

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

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

4. What ailment does Cecily claim Miss prism has?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What favor does Jack request of Chasuble?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play begins in London and take place largely in a manor house in Woolton. The conflict between town and country is a central component of Oscar WIlde's play:

Part 1.) Where do Jack and Algernon, separately, prefer to relax? How does their preference result int he creation of elaborate deceptions?

Part 2.) How do Cecily and Gwendolen's view of the city and country differ from Jack's and Algernon's? Are their opinions more or less ambiguous?

Part 3.) Write an overview of the relative merits and drawbacks of town and country according to the characters of the play. Be sure to cite which character said these things.

Essay Topic 2

Jack Worthing begins the play admitting to a series of untruths, among them his name and his relationship with Cecily. Do you think that Jack's habit of deceiving those close to him is forgivable since no one is harmed? Do you think that Gwendolen is genuinely hurt by the revelation Jack has lied to her? What about his assertion that Ernest has died?

Essay Topic 3

The characters of The Importance of Being Earnest live in a society largely unchanged in a dynamic century. As such, they often make disparaging remarks about revolutions going on around them. Write an essay about their attitude toward change, using the text as a guide and dedicating a paragraph to each of the following:

1.) Socialism

2.) The French Revolution

3.) Women's Rights

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