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 Miss Prism's first name?

2. What is Cecily's constant distraction?

3. What adjective does Cecily use to describe the name Algernon?

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

5. Why does Gwendolyn decline sugar in her tea?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cecily do to anger Gwendolen as they take tea?

2. Describe Chasuble.

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

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

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

6. What favor does Jack request of Chasuble?

7. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

8. Why does Gwendolen state that she wishes Cecily were older?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like many English comedic plays, the Importance of Being Ernest ends with three marriages:

Part 1.) How are Jack's and Algernon's betrothal inextricable linked, both as impediments to each other and later as facilitators?

Part 2.) What obstacles do Miss Prism and Chasuble face in their courtship? What would have happened had they not wed?

Part 3.) Which of the three engagements suffered most before becoming secure? Which marriage do you think will be strongest? Cite examples from the text to justify your position.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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