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. When the Cecily and Gwendolen both discover that each is engaged to Ernest, what do they compare?

2. Next to whose room does Merriman place Algernon's luggage?

3. What does Chasuble quote in Act III as proof of a religious revival?

4. Upon finding out the Cecily is Mr. Worthing's ward, how old does Gwendolen wish Cecily was?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

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

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

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

10. What favor does Jack request of Chasuble?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Miss Prism is one of the more complex characters in The Importance of Being Earnest. Write an essay covering the following topics surrounding her character:

Part 1) When we first meet Miss Prism in Act II, what do we think is her passion in life? Does she have one? What are her attitudes - stated or implied - or art and marriage?

Part 2) At what point do we realize that Miss Prism has feelings for Chasuble? What hope does she have of taking him as a husband?

Part 3) How do the revelations about Miss Prism's past affect our understanding of her character? Is she, in the end, a more or less sympathetic character?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay, focusing on Lady Bracknell's standards for a suitor. Cite three examples of her requirements, and defend her insistence on them. How do Lady Bracknell's concerns reflect the lack of options open to Victorian women.

Essay Topic 3

Write about Lady Bracknell as the driving force in the play. Cite three examples of moments where she is the sole arbiter of the another character's fate. How is the climax a result of her machinations?

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