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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 is Algernon eating at the end of the Act?
2. When Algernon arrives, under what name is he traveling?
3. What does Chasuble claim was the reference in his unintentionally romantic comment to Miss Prism?
4. Why is Miss Prism concerned by Chasuble's being in the vestry?
5. When the Cecily and Gwendolen both discover that each is engaged to Ernest, what do they compare?
Short Essay Questions
1. What order does Jack give to Algernon after the women go in to lunch?
2. What reason does Miss Prism give for not wanting Ernest to be saved from his vices?
3. What changes in Ernest's behavior does Algernon announce when he arrives at Jack's country house?
4. What reason does Cecily give for not wanting to show Algernon her diary?
5. How does Algernon end up paying for Jack's debt in Act II?
6. When Algernon arrives under the guise Ernest, what does Cecily tell him about Jack's plans?
7. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?
8. What argument does Jack make to Algernon about eating in times of despair, and why at the end of Act II?
9. How does Algernon get rid of Miss Prism when he wants say goodbye to Cecily?
10. What has Algernon arranged for later in the afternoon that jack has as well?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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'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
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?
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