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. How does Maria add to Sir Peter's worries?

2. What does Sir Peter obtain rather than the beautiful, retiring woman he sought?

3. What is the dedication often used to do?

4. Which two cohorts are lauding themselves on account of their apparent success as character assassins as Act I opens?

5. The portrait portion of the play is synonymous with which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Charles and his friends doing at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3?

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

3. How does Lady Teazle counter Sir Peter's suggestion in relation to that which in his opinion, should render her contentment in her life with him?

4. In Act 5, Scene 1, what are the reasons behind Joseph's refusal to see "Stanley" (Sir Oliver) ?

5. 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?

6. What insight does Sir Peter confide in Rowley about his troubled life with Lady Teazle?

7. In the Prologue, what does writer David Garrick announce that the subject of the Play will be?

8. Who does "A Portrait" honor and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the play, as Snake discloses information and clarification that provides relief for some of the otherwise confused and miserable characters, is he demonstrative of having reformed his ways from his days of plotting and carrying out character assassinations with Lady Sneerwell? Are there other factors that contributed to his willingness to confess about some of his misdeeds that caused his victims pain and misery? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

How is Lady Teazle's reformation shown in The School for Scandal?

Essay Topic 3

How do the other characters feel about Charles and Joseph Surface at the beginning of The School for Scandal? How do their feelings change throughout the play?

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