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, according to Miss Prism, does Socialism lead to?

2. How does Jack describe Algernon's eating in times of distress?

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

4. Whom does Jack ask Chasuble to christen?

5. Who is the other partner in Grigsby's soliciting firm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Cecily always distracted from her lessons?

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

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

10. What changes in Ernest's behavior does Algernon announce when he arrives at Jack's country house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe that Lady Bracknell's constant fretting about Gwendolen's inauspicious betrothal, the state of over-education, and comment on train platforms (to name a few examples) indicates an implicit fear of devaluation of high society in England? Write an essay with your position, using statements about the role of the upper class to support your claim.

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

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.

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