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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Whom has Gwendolen already contacted about her betrothal to Ernest?
2. Why does Gwendolyn decline sugar in her tea?
3. What is Miss Prism's first name?
4. What adjective does Cecily use to describe the name Algernon?
5. Which of the following is not an aspect of Algernon's character that Jack assails when he tells him to leave the manor?
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 betrothals inextricably 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 options to write about:
1.) What does Algernon's habit of always eating say about him as a character? Write about three examples in the play where Algernon is forced to explain his appetite and how he does so.
2.) Cecily and Miss Prism's argument about her diary and the three-volume novel say much about both. What secrets does this conversation allude to, and how does it frame each one's attitude toward literature and love?
3.) Chasuble is constantly quoting - and misquoting - religious sources and tenets. How does his level of comfort with his chosen profession help or hinder his decision regarding Miss Prism at the end of the play?
Essay Topic 3
What is Oscar Wilde saying in the play about the power of wit and ingenuity? Does Wilde view this as a central skill in overcoming social position? Use Jack Worthing as a model in defense of your thesis.
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