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 does Jack tell Algernon has happened to Bunbury?

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

3. What is Gwendolyn given with her tea?

4. Why does Algernon claim he left London before Monday?

5. How does Jack feel about affection?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What favor does Jack request of Chasuble?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1.) What aspects of a person are important to a courtship according to Cecily? How do these differ from those of Lady Bracknell?

2.) What is Algernon's stated stance on romance and marriage in Act I? Why do you think he decides to propose to Cecily in spite of this position? Cite statements made by Algernon later to justify your argument.

3.) Gwendolen's statement about always wanting to marry a man named Ernest is absurd, but her reasons for liking the name are indicative of a desire everyone has when getting married. What are her reasons for liking the name and how do they indicate a universal desire of humankind?

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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