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. Who is David Garrick?

2. What does the party in Act 2, Scene 2 consist of doing?

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, who claims that Charles is an upright young man?

4. Why does Joseph pretend be a kind friend who does not enjoy the others' gossiping and sniping?

5. Why is the speaker of the Prologue important?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sir Oliver react outwardly and inwardly in relation to Charles' idea to hold a private auction for him to buy the family portraits?

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

3. In Act 3, Scene 2, what shows that Charles is a spendthrift?

4. How does Charles demonstrate that he can be quick to think on his feet when it comes to raising the money that he needs?

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

6. What does Rowley report in Act 4, Scene 2, and how does Sir Oliver react?

7. What are Charles and his friends doing at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3?

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

9. How does Maria describe Benjamin Backbite's harassing attempts to court her?

10. At the end of Act 1, Scene 2, what does Rowley tell Sir Peter, and how does Sir Peter react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The statement is made that Sir Oliver has seen Charles at his worst, and Charles at his best. However, Sir Oliver is also described as "a good judge of character"; who tends to see the better side of people. Write an essay detailing whether the preceding statements contribute to the formation of an antithesis. Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Sheridan's play, it can be said that detail focusing on the gossiping circle's gatherings at Lady Sneerwell's home tend to imply that these gatherings are attended largely, if not exclusively, by women. Write an essay that either supports or disproves that women are solely responsible for spreading the gossip about which Sheridan "complains". Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

How do the other characters feel about Charles and Joseph Surface at the beginning of The School for Scandal? How do their feelings change throughout the play?

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