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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. To whom does Sir Peter attribute Lady Teazle's shrewish behavior?

2. Who wants nothing to do with the gossiping and character destruction that goes on in some circles?

3. When Backbite and Crabtree enter, what does Crabtree regale the party with?

4. How does Sir Oliver determine the worth of a man?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sir Peter Teazle miserable in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. In Act 1, Scene 1, what are Lady Sneerwell and Snake celebrating in relation to their attempts to assassinate the characters of others?

3. How does Maria describe Benjamin Backbite's harassing attempts to court her?

4. What annoys Maria, ultimately forcing her to leave, in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

7. How does writer David Garrick deem the likelihood of success in relation to Sheridan's noble attempt to abolish scandal with the strokes of his pen?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Charles and Maria's relationship.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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