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. What is Gwendolyn given with her tea?

2. Why is Miss Prism concerned by Chasuble's being in the vestry?

3. What mission does Algernon give Cecily?

4. What German writer is Cecily studying at the top of Act II?

5. Why was Miss Prism's novel never published?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Chasuble.

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

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

4. How does Algernon end up paying for Jack's debt in Act II?

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

6. What is Cecily's response to Algernon's proposal to her?

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

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

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

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

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

The Importance of Being Earnest wittily subverts certain respected establishments in English Victorian society. Write three body paragraphs about how Oscar Wilde uses his play to lampoon the following institutions:

Part 1) The Family and the Household

Part 2) Creditors and solicitors

Part 3) The Church

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