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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 is it that everyone is always eager to hear as mentioned in the prologue of the play?

2. What is Lady Teazle wanting to buy?

3. Who technically ends the argument in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. Who says, "I leave my character behind me" as they leave the party in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. Whom did Sir Oliver used to sit around with and mock marriage?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sir Oliver want to know about the status of Charles' moneymaking resources?

3. What is the purpose of a Portrait portion of a play?

4. Describe the interaction between Lady Teazle and Joseph in Act 2, Scene 2.

5. What plans do Lady Sneerwell and Snake make in relation to the relationship between Charles and Maria?

6. In Act 5, Scene 1, what are the reasons behind Joseph's refusal to see "Stanley" (Sir Oliver) ?

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

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

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

10. How is Lady Teazle able to escape a charge of infidelity, and possibly divorce from her husband after he discovers that she has been hiding behind a screen in Joseph's room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does The School for Scandal demonstrate the fickleness of education?

Essay Topic 2

During the period that "The School for Scandal and Other Plays" was written, Jewish characters were stereotyped in roles relating to money, as exemplified by Mr. Moses, the moneylender in Sheridan's play. Canvassing all the other characters in the play, aside from the aforementioned Jewish character stereotyping, does any other type of stereotyping occur with any other character? Write an essay focusing on any other type of stereotyping that you may have observed upon reading Sheridan's play; and support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Sir Oliver observes that any man of worth will have enemies, and since Joseph does not have any enemies, he cannot fully trust Joseph. Write an essay on whether Sir Oliver's observation can be considered to be basing a man's worth based solely on appearance. Compare and contrast Sir Oliver's method of character assessment, with that of Sheridan's, which is based on looking underneath the surface. In comparing Sir Oliver's method of character assessment with that of Sheridan's, can both methods be considered to be alike, or to be in contrast to one another? If so, how? If not, why not? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

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