School for Scandal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose words are used in the prologue to the play?

2. What does Rowley tell Sir Oliver about Sir Peter?

3. Who is Uncle Crabtree's nephew?

4. Whom does Rowley believe that Lady Teazle has her heart and eyes set upon?

5. Who usually writes the Prologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sir Peter tell Rowley about his troubles in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What was the purpose for Sheridan having included a Prologue portion in his Play?

3. How do Mr. Moses and Trip's business negotiations progress?

4. What is Sir Peter's side of the argument in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. How does Sir Oliver respond to Charles's offer in Act 3, Scene 3, and why?

6. How does it become evident that Charles' butler, Trip has an ulterior motive in making the two money lenders wait for Charles?

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

8. How is the gossiping group's misinformation concerning the confrontation at Joseph's house cleared up by Sir Peter?

9. In Act 1, Scene 1, what are Lady Sneerwell and Snake celebrating in relation to their attempts to assassinate the characters of others?

10. What do Sir Oliver's feelings about Charles say about Sir Oliver?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Step back in time to the setting of the play in the late 1700's, when modern-day entertainment outlets such as radio, television, and tabloids were not available. Focus on the gossip sessions that Lady Sneerwell holds at her home, along with those who attended and participate in those sessions. Write an essay comparing and contrasting whether the participants in her gossip sessions were participating in the gossip gatherings for the sake of entertainment, or because they simply had less than a good heart? Support your position with text, dialogue, or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 1, Scene 1, Lady Sneerwell explains her plot to Snake. Joseph appears and makes his involvement evident. How would The School for Scandal be different without this plot being outlined in the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What are the benefits and drawbacks to Sir Oliver meeting his nephews while in disguises as Mr. Premium and Stanley?

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