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. Prior to his marriage to Lady Teazle, what type of woman did Sir Peter try to find to court and marry?

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

3. Which of the following is a widely known fact that cannot be covered up?

4. Sir Peter believes that his wife, Lady Teazle, has set her eyes on which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 3, Scene 1, what are some scenarios that contribute to the plan that Sir Oliver, Sir Peter, and Rowley put together that will allow Sir Oliver to conduct his own investigation into the characters of his nephews, Charles and Joseph?

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

3. What is Lady Sneerwell's next project going to be, and why?

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

5. What are Sir Peter's opinions of Charles and Joseph?

6. Despite his effort, how does Sir Peter miss the opportunity to eavesdrop on his wife's actual love interest?

7. What does Lady Teazle tell the audience during the Epilogue of the Play?

8. Describe Charles and Joseph's conversation in Act 4, Scene 3.

9. What is it that Sir Oliver reasons that Charles could have done with the 100 pounds instead of having given it to "Stanley"?

10. How does Sir Peter feel about Charles in Act 1, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The School for Scandal, which characters are static and which are dynamic? How is this demonstrated?

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of Sheridan's play, the audience is advised that appearances can be misleading, and that it is always best to look beneath to find the true worth of a person. Write an essay discussing whether those two pieces of advice manifest themselves in the relationship between Sir Peter and Lady Teazle. Detail the players, the action, and the initial rapport between the Teazles, as well as the outcome. Explain whether and how the Teazles' relationship and the aforementioned advice can be or should not be deemed analogous. Support your position with text, dialogue, and paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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