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. Why does Algernon suggest Jack not get christened?

2. Why will Cecily not allow Algernon to read her diary?

3. What attribute of Ernest does Cecily love?

4. What mission does Algernon give Cecily?

5. How many pounds does Ernest owe the Savoy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What favor does Jack request of Chasuble?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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