The Importance of Being Earnest Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Gwendolyn decline sugar in her tea?

2. What is Algernon eating at the end of the Act?

3. About whom has Algernon - as Ernest - been talking to Cecily?

4. What does Gwendolen beg Cecily to call her after they realize they are deceived?

5. For how long does Cecily say she and Ernest have been engaged?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of the characters in The Importance of Being Ernest rely upon fiction to live their lives as they would like.

Part 1.) Describe Algernon's relationship with Bunbury. How does he use his "friend" to avoid unpleasant situations?

Part 2.) Compare Jack's relationship with Ernest to Algernon's with Bunbury? How are his motivations for having a fake associate different? Are his methods more complex?

Part 3.) Compare both Jack and Algernon's fictional associates with Cecily's fantasy life from her diary. How are her motivations and methods different from the men's?

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

How does Jack's last line about "the vital importance of being earnest" reflect a possible lesson he has learned? Use Jack's character arc over the course of the play and the reason for his final salvation as evidence to support your argument.

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