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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. How do most people feel about the subject of the play?

2. On what subject matter does Sir Peter contradict every word that has been spoken by Rowley?

3. Why is the argument ended?

4. According to Mr. Moses, whom has Charles Surface asked for a loan?

5. In Act 1, Scene 2, who claims that Charles is an upright young man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sir Oliver's original plan at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1, and why?

2. At the end of Act 1, Scene 2, what does Rowley tell Sir Peter, and how does Sir Peter react?

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

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

5. 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?

6. How does Charles demonstrate that he can be quick to think on his feet when it comes to raising the money that he needs?

7. Why does Lady Teazle tell her husband about her affair with Joseph?

8. Who does Sir Peter blame for Charles Surface being a free-spending profligate?

9. What was the purpose for Sheridan having included a Prologue portion in his Play?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Step back in time to the setting of the play in the late 1700's, when modern-day entertainment outlets such as radio, television, and tabloids were not available. Focus on the gossip sessions that Lady Sneerwell holds at her home, along with those who attended and participate in those sessions. Write an essay comparing and contrasting whether the participants in her gossip sessions were participating in the gossip gatherings for the sake of entertainment, or because they simply had less than a good heart? Support your position with text, dialogue, or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

In the early part of Sheridan's play, Lady Teazle is fighting with her husband, Sir Peter, declaring that she deserves "everything that any woman has and more". At the end of the play, she appears to have gained "everything that any woman has and more". Write an essay focusing on your response to the following question: Is the "more" that she refers to a tangible or intangible object? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout most of the play, Maria struggles to maintain her relationship with Charles. As the play comes to an end, so does her struggle. Write an essay discussing whether refraining from participation in gossip, either transmitting it or listening to it plays any significant role in Maria's eventual engagement to Charles. Does the playwright intend inference with respect to the aforementioned? Support your discussion and position with text, paraphrase, and/or dialogue from the play.

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