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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do most people feel about the subject of the play?
(a) They are eager to hear bad reports and gossip about people.
(b) They are hurt by the gossip.
(c) They hate feeling responsible for others' pain.
(d) They are indifferent.

2. What genre of writing is The School for Scandal?
(a) A poem.
(b) A play.
(c) A novel.
(d) A tragedy.

3. Which literary character listed below is alluded to in the prologue to the play in relation to its playwright?
(a) King Lear.
(b) Don Quixote.
(c) Macbeth.
(d) Marco Polo.

4. How does Maria feel about Charles, according to Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) She is jealous of his friendship with Lady Teazle.
(b) She insists on her love and her judgment of his worth.
(c) She thinks of him as a close friend.
(d) She no longer loves him.

5. Sir Peter believes that his wife, Lady Teazle, has set her eyes on which of the following?
(a) Charles Surface.
(b) Joseph Surface.
(c) Snake.
(d) Benjamin Backbite.

6. What does Sir Peter try to do in relation to Lady Teazle's arrival in Scene 1 of Act 3?
(a) Surprise her with plans to take her on a vacation.
(b) Soften her heart.
(c) Convince her to stop associating with Lady Sneerwell.
(d) Confront her about her infidelity.

7. What is Maria worrying about as she enters in the middle of Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) Her engagement to Joseph Surface.
(b) Her suitor, Sir Benjamin Backbite, and his uncle, Crabtree.
(c) Her engagement to Charles Surface.
(d) Her father's health.

8. Which of the following messages is meant to be relayed with subtlety to the honored individual during the portrait portion of the plays?
(a) That the playwright is infatuated with the honored individual.
(b) That the honor bestowed is limited to one night's performance of the play..
(c) That the honor bestowed will continue throughout the rest of the theatrical season.
(d) That the success of the playhouse depends on the number of audience members that the honored individual actually is able to draw to the playhouse.

9. What was it about Sir Peter that impressed Lady Teazle to the point that she agreed to marry him?
(a) His intelligence.
(b) His money.
(c) His personality.
(d) His honesty.

10. What are members of the audience for the play advised that appearances are capable of doing?
(a) Deceiving.
(b) Discouraging.
(c) Impressing.
(d) Overwhelming.

11. Which of the following best describes Rowley's opinion of Charles Surface?
(a) Upright.
(b) Immature.
(c) Foolish.
(d) Scholarly.

12. What is the "Portrait" portion of a play written during this period supposed to give the audience prior to the beginning of a play presentation?
(a) An idea of the purpose of the play.
(b) Biographical information on the cast and crew.
(c) A rundown of all the acts and scenes.
(d) A description of the characters.

13. Why does Sir Peter think Lady Teazle should be happy with anything he gives her?
(a) Because she loves him.
(b) Because she is never happy.
(c) Because he loves her.
(d) Because she grew up poor.

14. What does Joseph want Lady Teazle to do?
(a) To encourage Sir Peter to give him a job.
(b) To go to his house for a tryst.
(c) To adopt his orphaned niece.
(d) To teach him to speak French.

15. Where has Sir Oliver been spending his time?
(a) In Scotland.
(b) In China.
(c) In India.
(d) In Wales.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is a widely known fact that cannot be covered up?

2. What are Rowley and Sir Oliver laughing about at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

3. Who usually penned prologues at the time that the play, "School for Scandal and Other Plays" was written?

4. Who admits to having his wild days in his youth at the end of Act 2, Scene 3?

5. Who demonstrates willingness to engage in long-winded gossip about anyone and everyone; and annoys Maria in the process?

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