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. Immediately after proposing to Cecily, who does Algernon seek out?

2. What ailment does Cecily claim Miss prism has?

3. How does Algernon describe the day?

4. Which two words do Miss Prism and Cecily confuse as they talk about Jack and his "brother"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What order does Jack give to Algernon after the women go in to lunch?

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

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

9. What favor does Jack request of Chasuble?

10. What argument does Jack make to Algernon about eating in times of despair, and why at the end of Act II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write about:

1.) What do you think is Oscar Wilde's opinion of the English upper class? Do you consider his portraits of landed English gentry is loving or caustic? Cite examples from the text.

2.) Compare, in three paragraphs, three servant characters and three aristocrats in the play. Which are the more clever and worldly? How much do the upper class characters rely on the servants?

3.) Do you think there is greater personal freedom in being part of the servant class in the Victorian era or being in the Upper class. Cite examples from the text and historical background to justify your stance.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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