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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. Whom does Sir Peter tell about his problems with Lady Teazle?

2. Who moves off to speak to each other privately at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

3. What is Maria eager to talk to Sir Peter about in Scene 1 of Act 3?

4. In one word, what is the subject of the play?

5. How does Maria add to Sir Peter's worries?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens while Sir Oliver and Mr. Moses are forced to wait?

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

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

4. In Act 3, Scene 2, what is the demeanor exuded by Trip the butler as he opens the door comes face to face with Sir Oliver and Mr. Moses?

5. 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?

6. How is Sir Oliver's identity crisis resolved altogether?

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

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

9. What is the reason that Lady Teazle interrupt the conversation between Joseph and Maria?

10. What does Rowley do to try to console Sir Peter with respect to his suspicion that Lady Teazle may be interested in Charles Surface?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the prologue to the play, the statement is made that Sheridan is attempting an impossibility in abolishing participation in scandal through his writing. Write an essay to compare and contrast said statement with Sir Oliver's decision to conduct his own investigation of his nephew Charles rather than to listen to the findings of others. Does that action contribute to the addition of credence to or subtract it from said comment? Support your position by explaining whether and how the caliber of Sir Oliver's character helps to either edify or disprove the statement that is initially made about Sheridan.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Charles and Joseph Surface, both internally and externally.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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