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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do people's reactions to the subject of the play affect the subject itself?
(a) It does not affect the subject at all.
(b) It makes it easier to get rid of.
(c) It makes it impossible to root out.
(d) People have no reactions to this subject.

2. Maria considers Lady Teazle to be which of the following types during her meeting with Joseph at the gossipers' gathering?
(a) A co-hostess to Lady Sneerwell.
(b) An intruder.
(c) A best friend.
(d) A shy wallflower.

3. What is Sir Peter shocked and appalled to witness when he arrives at the gathering?
(a) Clergymen leading the gossip session.
(b) Insults exchanged between Lady Sneerwell and Mrs. Candour.
(c) Children in attendance at the gathering.
(d) The incessant gossip and slander that is taking place.

4. Where are members of the audience for the play advised to look to find the true worth of an individual?
(a) Over the top.
(b) In a lateral or even position.
(c) Beneath the surface.
(d) Local psychic's parlor.

5. Whose words are used in the prologue to the play?
(a) Caroline Clavell.
(b) Samuel Trent.
(c) David Garrick.
(d) Margaret Nickleby.

6. Who demonstrates willingness to engage in long-winded gossip about anyone and everyone; and annoys Maria in the process?
(a) Charles Surface.
(b) Lady Sneerwell.
(c) Snake.
(d) Mrs. Candour.

7. Who is Uncle Crabtree's nephew?
(a) Joseph Surface.
(b) Peter Teazle.
(c) Snake.
(d) Benjamin Backbite.

8. Who does the speaker of "A Portrait" address?
(a) The audience.
(b) His lover.
(c) Her husband.
(d) His friend.

9. Why does Lazy Teazle question Joseph about Maria?
(a) She loves Maria.
(b) She does not question Joseph about Maria.
(c) She is jealous.
(d) She is worried about Charles.

10. Whom does Sir Peter tell about his problems with Lady Teazle?
(a) Maria.
(b) Rowley.
(c) John Crewe.
(d) Snake.

11. What is the topic of the conversation at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Sir Peter's poverty.
(b) Sir Peter's unwillingness to spend money on the expensive new fashions that Lady Teazle wants.
(c) Lady Teazle's friendship with Lady Sneerwell.
(d) They are not talking in Act 2, Scene 1.

12. Who moves off to speak to each other privately at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) Lady Teazle and Sir Peter.
(b) Lady Sneerwell and Snake.
(c) Charles Surface and Maria.
(d) Joseph Surface and Maria.

13. What are Rowley and Sir Oliver laughing about at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?
(a) Lady Sneerwell's joke about Charles.
(b) They are not laughing.
(c) The fact that Sir Peter has married a shrew.
(d) The fact that Sir Oliver has returned to London.

14. Who wants nothing to do with the gossiping and character destruction that goes on in some circles?
(a) Sir Oliver.
(b) Rowley.
(c) Sir Peter.
(d) Maria.

15. Lady Sneerwell is planning to pair off Maria with whom of the following?
(a) Benjamin Backbite.
(b) Joseph Surface.
(c) Snake.
(d) Uncle Crabtree.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the prologue to the play, what is noted as not being necessary to bring into the world?

2. Why does Lady Sneerwell undertake her next project?

3. What does Sir Oliver plan to do when he meets with Charles?

4. How do most people feel about the subject of the play?

5. What does the playwright attempt to do with his writing of "The School for Scandal and Other Plays"?

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