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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. Sir Peter believes that his wife, Lady Teazle, has set her eyes on which of the following?

2. Why does Lazy Teazle question Joseph about Maria?

3. What does Lady Teazle believe that she deserves?

4. Sir Peter would like for Maria to turn her attention away from Charles Surface, and toward which of the following?

5. Which of the following is a witty remark made by Benjamin Backbite that Crabtree is able to share with the gossip group?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Sir Oliver react outwardly and inwardly in relation to Charles' idea to hold a private auction for him to buy the family portraits?

3. How is Lady Teazle able to escape a charge of infidelity, and possibly divorce from her husband after he discovers that she has been hiding behind a screen in Joseph's room?

4. How does Sir Oliver feel about Charles in Act 4, Scene 2?

5. What does Rowley report in Act 4, Scene 2, and how does Sir Oliver react?

6. At the end of Act 1, Scene 2, what does Rowley tell Sir Peter, and how does Sir Peter react?

7. How does Charles demonstrate that he can be quick to think on his feet when it comes to raising the money that he needs?

8. What are Rowley and Sir Oliver talking about in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

9. In Act 3, Scene 1, how does the ongoing argument between Maria and Sir Peter become apparent in relation to Maria's desire to marry Charles?

10. What happens when Sir Peter tries to soften Lady Teazle's heart in Act 3, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Looking back at Sheridan's play as a whole, and summing up how the lives of the characters who did not adhere to Sheridan's advice not to involve themselves in scandal, and not to judge others based solely on appearance, does it appear that those who followed his advice were "rewarded" in the end, and those who did not were "punished"? If you agree with the aforementioned, write an essay to support that. If you disagree, write an essay to support your position. Either way, support the position that you select with text, dialogue, and/or paraphrase from the text.

Essay Topic 3

What are the benefits and drawbacks to Sir Oliver meeting his nephews while in disguises as Mr. Premium and Stanley?

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