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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 genre of writing is The School for Scandal?

2. During which of the following periods is the portrait portion of the play known to be typically included in its theatrical presentation?

3. Why does Maria arrive in the middle of Act 3, Scene 1?

4. What does Joseph want Lady Teazle to do in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. With whom does Lady Teazle keep an appointment?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is at the center of the argument that is taking place between Lady Teazle and Sir Peter?

2. Despite his effort, how does Sir Peter miss the opportunity to eavesdrop on his wife's actual love interest?

3. In Act 3, Scene 2, what shows that Charles is a spendthrift?

4. What does Sir Peter do in relation to the words that Rowley had previously shared with Sir Oliver in relation to Sir Oliver's nephews, Charles and Joseph Surface?

5. What does Sir Peter tell Joseph about his marriage and decisions in Act 4, Scene 3?

6. How does Sir Oliver feel about Charles at the end of Act 4, Scene 1, and why?

7. What is the pressing subject that compels Sir Peter to head over to Joseph's house to discuss with Joseph?

8. What is Sir Peter's side of the argument in Act 2, Scene 1?

9. How does Rowley console Sir Peter's concerns about his ward, Maria's desire to marry Charles Surface?

10. What is the characterization of Charles that Sir Oliver and Mr. Moses arrive at based on Trip the butler's appearance and behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Act 1, Scene 1, Lady Sneerwell explains her plot to Snake. Joseph appears and makes his involvement evident. How would The School for Scandal be different without this plot being outlined in the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 3

It can be said that refraining from gossip and scandal is a virtue. Examine the fact that Sir Oliver's refusal to listen to others' assessments about his nephew, Charles' character, results in his ability to determine which of his nephews is more worthy of the bequeathing of his estate. Write an essay detailing how Sheridan, through the character of Sir Oliver is able to infer the message that refraining from scandal and gossip has its rewards. Also, explain whether Sheridan's subtle message is likely to reach and teach members of the audience.

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