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 Oliver believe that any man of worth is bound to have?

2. Who has appealed to Charles and Joseph for financial help?

3. What does Sir Peter blame his wife's behavior upon?

4. What does the speaker of the Prologue say will be the subject of the play?

5. What was Lady Teazle's economic status while she was growing up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the discussion between Joseph and "Stanley" regarding any money that Joseph may have available to give to Stanley become elongated?

2. In Act 5, Scene 3, how is Sir Oliver mistakenly identified by both of his nephews?

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

4. What happens when Sir Peter tries to soften Lady Teazle's heart in Act 3, Scene 1?

5. 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?

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

7. Why does Maria enter the scene in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

9. What does Sheridan say about appearances in "A Portrait"?

10. Who does "A Portrait" honor and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

It can be said that refraining from gossip and scandal is a virtue. Examine the fact that Sir Oliver's refusal to listen to others' assessments about his nephew, Charles' character, results in his ability to determine which of his nephews is more worthy of the bequeathing of his estate. Write an essay detailing how Sheridan, through the character of Sir Oliver is able to infer the message that refraining from scandal and gossip has its rewards. Also, explain whether Sheridan's subtle message is likely to reach and teach members of the audience.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the symbolism of Sheridan's use of naming characters to allude to their personalities.

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