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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is a witty remark made by Benjamin Backbite that Crabtree is able to share with the gossip group?
(a) "You can kill two birds with one stone."
(b) "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
(c) None. Crabtree does not remember any of Backbite's witty remarks.
(d) "A stitch in time saves nine."

2. Whom is the playwright honoring via the portrait portion of the play?
(a) Dr. Everett Treadway.
(b) Frances Anne Crewe.
(c) Diana Bates.
(d) Leonard Crabtree.

3. Sir Peter is concerned that Maria is intent on marrying which of the following characters?
(a) Benjamin Backbite.
(b) Joseph Surface.
(c) Charles Surface.
(d) Crabtree.

4. Which of the following terms best describes the marriage of Sir Peter Teazle and Lady Teazle?
(a) Convenient.
(b) Stormy.
(c) Arranged.
(d) Blissful.

5. What do Lady Teazle and Joseph Surface share?
(a) Plans to spend some time together.
(b) A joke about Mrs. Candour.
(c) An interest in Mozart's musical compositions.
(d) A strong dislike for Benjamin Backbite.

6. Who is Lady Sneerwell's next project going to be directed at?
(a) Sir Peter and Lady Teazle.
(b) Snake.
(c) Charles Surface and Maria.
(d) Sir Oliver Surface.

7. Toward whom does Lady Teazle shift the blame for her own desire to live the best life that money can buy?
(a) Sir Peter Teazle.
(b) Joseph Surface.
(c) Lady Sneerwell.
(d) Mrs. Candour.

8. 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.

9. Why is Sheridan attacking this subject with his pen?
(a) To spread the message.
(b) To bring it under control.
(c) To gain fame.
(d) He does not attack this subject with his pen.

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

11. How does Maria add to Sir Peter's worries?
(a) Maria decides to marry Joseph instead of Charles.
(b) Maria decides to move away.
(c) Maria is still intent upon marrying Charles, despite Sir Peter's disapproval.
(d) Maria is very ill.

12. Which couple does Rowley believe to have the capability of entering into a compatible marriage?
(a) Benjamin Backbite and Lady Sneerwell.
(b) David Garrick and Maria.
(c) Charles Surface and Maria.
(d) John Crewe and Lady Sneerwell.

13. What were playwrights trying to build through the use of prologues during the historical time period in which the play was written?
(a) Sympathy for and interest in the subject matter.
(b) Interest in a favorite charitable project of the playwright.
(c) Fame and fortune for themselves.
(d) A decent level of trust with the audience.

14. Sir Peter would like for Maria to turn her attention away from Charles Surface, and toward which of the following?
(a) Snake.
(b) Joseph Surface.
(c) Benjamin Backbite.
(d) Sir Oliver.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does David Garrick address?

2. Why is the speaker of "A Portrait" important?

3. Which of the following best describes Rowley's opinion of Charles Surface?

4. What do Charles and Joseph Surface have in common relating to Sir Oliver?

5. What is going on between Sir Peter and Lady Teazle at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

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