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School for Scandal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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



2. Who does Lady Teazle blame for her greed?



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



4. What does Sir Peter Teazle offer the audience immediately prior to his departure from the stage?



5. What does Sir Oliver plan to do when he meets with Charles?



Short Essay Questions

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



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



3. In Act 4, Scene 1, what does Charles ask Rowley to do?



4. In Act 2, Scene 3, how does it become evident that Rowley has betrayed Sir Peter with regard to news about his marriage to a young shrew?



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



6. How does Charles respond to Sir Oliver's questioning in Act 3, Scene 3?



7. How is Mr. Moses, the Jewish money lender portrayed as a "friendly Israelite"?



8. What happens at Charles's house in Act 3, Scene 2?



9. What are Sir Peter's opinions of Charles and Joseph?



10. In Act 4, Scene 2, how does Sir Oliver steadfastly defend his nephew, Charles' reputation?



Essay Topics

In The School for Scandal, which characters are static and which are dynamic? How is this demonstrated?

At the play's end, can it be said that Sheridan has been successful in tackling the problem of gossip and scandal via his pen? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

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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