School for Scandal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Rather than listen to others' stories, what does Sir Oliver want to do?

2. What are Rowley and Sir Oliver laughing about at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

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

4. Whose arrival is announced to Sir Peter?

5. What does Maria do when she sees Lady Teazle heading toward her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lady Sneerwell play a part in the argument between the Teazles coming to an end?

2. 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?

3. In Act 4, Scene 1, how is Charles' impromptu private portrait auction for Sir Oliver (Mr. Premium) set up and conducted?

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

5. What happens at the beginning of the party in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

7. What are the probable reasons that Mr. Moses is not willing to lend Trip some money?

8. In Act 4, Scene 3, what are the reasons that Lady Teazle states that have placed her at odds with her husband, Sir Peter?

9. 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?

10. In Act 3, Scene 1, what are some scenarios that contribute to the plan that Sir Oliver, Sir Peter, and Rowley put together that will allow Sir Oliver to conduct his own investigation into the characters of his nephews, Charles and Joseph?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Charles and Maria's relationship.

Essay Topic 2

When Sir Oliver and Mr. Moses arrive at Charles' house and are greeted by his well-dressed butler, Trip, the assumption is made by both visitors that the butler is picking up bad spending habits from Charles. Write an essay with focus on whether this is one time that Sir Oliver does not adhere to Sheridan's advice of not judging individuals based solely on appearance.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Sheridan's play, it can be said that detail focusing on the gossiping circle's gatherings at Lady Sneerwell's home tend to imply that these gatherings are attended largely, if not exclusively, by women. Write an essay that either supports or disproves that women are solely responsible for spreading the gossip about which Sheridan "complains". Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

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