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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 honor bestowed is limited to one night's performance of the play..
(b) 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.
(c) That the honor bestowed will continue throughout the rest of the theatrical season.
(d) That the playwright is infatuated with the honored individual.

2. Who arrives to hear Sir Peter's troubles with Lady Teazle in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Joseph.
(b) Rowley.
(c) Sir Peter.
(d) Charles.

3. Who follows Maria when she exits at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) Lady Sneerwell.
(b) Joseph.
(c) Mrs. Candour.
(d) Charles.

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

5. Who usually writes the Prologue?
(a) The audience.
(b) Someone other than the playwright.
(c) The playwright's mother.
(d) The playwright.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the news of his friend's return concern Sir Peter in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. According to Act 1, Scene 2, what event has made Sir Peter Teazle's life miserable?

4. How does Sir Oliver determine the worth of a man?

5. According to the information in the prologue, in which way is the playwright approaching the issue of focus in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rowley do to try to console Sir Peter with respect to his suspicion that Lady Teazle may be interested in Charles Surface?

2. What is the purpose of a Portrait portion of a play?

3. How does Sir Peter feel about the party in Act 2, Scene 2, and how does he react?

4. What allusion does Garrick make in the Prologue, and why?

5. What drives Sir Peter away as the gossipers are in the midst of their gossiping session?

6. What happens with regard to Sir Oliver's opinion of Charles when Rowley walks in and reports that Charles has sent "Stanley" (Sir Oliver) 100 pounds to help him with his financial woes?

7. What does Sheridan admonish the audience about in "A Portrait"?

8. In Act 5, Scene 2, how far off are Lady Sneerwell and her gossiping cohorts on the details surrounding the "love triangle" confrontation between Joseph and the Teazles?

9. In Act 3, Scene 2, what is the demeanor exuded by Trip the butler as he opens the door comes face to face with Sir Oliver and Mr. Moses?

10. In Act 5, Scene 2, what does the gathered party believe happened at Joseph's house?

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