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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. According to Act 1, Scene 2, what event has made Sir Peter Teazle's life miserable?

2. Why does Joseph pretend be a kind friend who does not enjoy the others' gossiping and sniping?

3. Why is it that Sir Oliver does not trust his nephew Joseph completely?

4. Based on information presented in the portrait portion of the play, which of the following best exemplifies its chief aim?

5. Whom does Rowley believe that Lady Teazle has her heart and eyes set upon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Sir Peter and Lady Teazle arguing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

2. Is there any other piece of advice that Sheridan offers the audience in the Portrait section of his Play?

3. Why is Act 4, Scene 1 set in the portrait room?

4. How do Joseph and Charles react upon learning Sir Oliver's true identity?

5. What is the significance of "A Portrait"?

6. What happens with regard to Sir Oliver's opinion of Charles when Rowley walks in and reports that Charles has sent "Stanley" (Sir Oliver) 100 pounds to help him with his financial woes?

7. What does Charles instruct Rowley to do after "Mr. Premium" and Mr. Moses leave to help Stanley with his financial troubles?

8. How does Sir Oliver respond to Charles's offer in Act 3, Scene 3, and why?

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

10. What action by Charles is highlighted with respect to Sir Oliver's high regard for his nephew, Charles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Step back in time to the setting of the play in the late 1700's, when modern-day entertainment outlets such as radio, television, and tabloids were not available. Focus on the gossip sessions that Lady Sneerwell holds at her home, along with those who attended and participate in those sessions. Write an essay comparing and contrasting whether the participants in her gossip sessions were participating in the gossip gatherings for the sake of entertainment, or because they simply had less than a good heart? Support your position with text, dialogue, or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"The School for Scandal and Other Plays": Does the play's title imply that members of audiences who have attend a presentation of Sheridan's play have, through the years, been actually attending a "School for Scandal" rather than the presentation of a play? Support your position with dialogue, text, or paraphrase from Sheridan's work.

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