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. What does Sir Peter think about Charles?

2. What does Sir Peter try to do in relation to Lady Teazle's arrival in Scene 1 of Act 3?

3. What is Lady Teazle eager to know?

4. Whom does David Garrick address?

5. How does Maria feel about Charles, according to Act 3, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does writer David Garrick state that Sheridan will attempt to do in relation to the subject matter in his Play?

2. How does Sir Peter try to convince Lady Teazle that she she should be happy?

3. How does Sir Oliver's plan change, and why?

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

5. What happens between Maria and Joseph in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

7. Why is Joseph in a bad mood at the beginning of Act 4, Scene 1, and how does he act?

8. How does Lady Sneerwell clarify to Snake who her real love interest is Charles Surface, and not his brother, Joseph?

9. 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?

10. What does Charles instruct Rowley to do after "Mr. Premium" and Mr. Moses leave to help Stanley with his financial troubles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the play's end, can it be said that Sheridan has been successful in tackling the problem of gossip and scandal via his pen? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Despite the fact that the gossipers are aware that they are ridiculed by those who do not circulate in gossip circles, the gossipers continue their gossip sessions on a regular basis. There is a sense of power that they feel that they gain by participating in the gossip sessions. Write an essay focusing on whether their power has real or imaginary value in the minds of the gossipers. Explain why, and support your position with text, dialogue and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Mr. Moses serves as an archetypal Jew. How does this character's appearance enhance or inhibit the anti-Semitic theme of The School for Scandal?

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