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 does Algernon describe the day?

2. For how long does Cecily say she and Ernest have been engaged?

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

4. How does Algernon explain the money he owes for various dinners in London to Cecily?

5. Who is the other partner in Grigsby's soliciting firm?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Chasuble.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Chasuble a religious hypocrite or merely a bumbling blowhard? Make a case for one or the other in essay form, citing statement made and actions taken be Chasuble to corroborate your position.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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