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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 intrudes upon Joseph and Maria's conversation?

2. Which of the following is Sir Peter Teazle willing to do?

3. While a gossipers' gathering is underway at the home of Lady Sneerwell, Maria and which of the following would-be suitors slip away for a private conversation?

4. What are Rowley and Sir Oliver laughing about at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

5. Who demonstrates willingness to engage in long-winded gossip about anyone and everyone; and annoys Maria in the process?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Joseph and Charles do when Sir Oliver first appears in Act 5, Scene 3?

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

3. How does Lady Teazle counter Sir Peter's suggestion in relation to that which in his opinion, should render her contentment in her life with him?

4. In Act 4, Scene 3, what are the reasons that Lady Teazle states that have placed her at odds with her husband, Sir Peter?

5. In Act 3, Scene 1, how does the incessant arguing between Sir Peter and Lady Teazle continue to occur?

6. How does a question that Mr. Premium (Sir Oliver) asks during the auction evoke a declaration of reverence, deep respect and loyalty toward Sir Oliver from Charles?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The School for Scandal and Other Plays": Does the play's title imply that members of audiences who have attend a presentation of Sheridan's play have, through the years, been actually attending a "School for Scandal" rather than the presentation of a play? Support your position with dialogue, text, or paraphrase from Sheridan's work.

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

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.

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