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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. When Sir Peter leaves the gossipers' gathering at the home of Lady Sneerwell, what does he claim to have left behind?

2. Who is shocked by the gossip and slander at the party?

3. Who desperately wants to be a suitor to Maria?

4. Which of the following messages is meant to be relayed with subtlety to the honored individual during the portrait portion of the plays?

5. Who is The School for Scandal dedicated to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Sir Oliver's feelings about Charles say about Sir Oliver?

2. In Act 3, Scene 1, how does the incessant arguing between Sir Peter and Lady Teazle continue to occur?

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

4. Why does Maria enter the scene in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. Why does Rowley ask Sir Oliver not to mention marriage to Sir Peter?

6. 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?

7. Why is Joseph in a bad mood at the beginning of Act 4, Scene 1, and how does he act?

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

9. How does the Epilogue demonstrate Lady Teazle's reformation?

10. What does Sheridan say about appearances in "A Portrait"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Charles and Joseph Surface, both internally and externally.

Essay Topic 3

Investigate The School for Scandal as a comedy of manners. How does it adhere to and differ from the typical comedy of manners? What changes could be made to mark it more clearly as a comedy of manners? What changes could be made to prevent critics from classifying the play as a comedy of manners?

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