Short Essay Questions Key
1. What does Sheridan admonish the audience about in "A Portrait"?
In "A Portrait," Sheridan admonishes the audience to avoid creating scandals and listening to others' tales of scandal. He states that they should look beneath the surface to find the true worth of people, rather than listening to the reports that other people give.
2. What does Sheridan say about appearances in "A Portrait"?
In "A Portrait," Sheridan says that appearances are not what they seem. Appearances can be deceiving and often mislead people.
3. What is the significance of "A Portrait"?
"A Portrait" is a dedication that provides the audience with an idea of the play's purpose. These types of dedications were very common in the time that the play was written, and they were often used to honor some person.
4. Who does "A Portrait" honor and why?
"A Portrait" is written to honor the wife of John Crewe, Frances Anne Crewe. She was a very beautiful woman with whom Sheridan was infatuated, and this was the means by which he made her aware of his admiration.
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