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

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

3. What does Maria do when she sees Lady Teazle heading toward her?

4. Lady Teazle considers Maria to be which of the following types at the gossipers' gathering?

5. How do people's reactions to the subject of the play affect the subject itself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sir Oliver want to know about the status of Charles' moneymaking resources?

3. How does Lady Teazle include Sir Peter in her future plans?

4. How does Sir Oliver's plan change, and why?

5. 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?

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

7. How does Sir Oliver tease Sir Peter at the end of Act 5, Scene 2, and how does Sir Peter react?

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

9. 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?

10. In Act 1, Scene 1, what are Lady Sneerwell and Snake celebrating in relation to their attempts to assassinate the characters of others?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the theme of gossip condemned in The School for Scandal?

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of Sheridan's play, the audience is advised that appearances can be misleading, and that it is always best to look beneath to find the true worth of a person. Write an essay discussing whether those two pieces of advice manifest themselves in the relationship between Sir Peter and Lady Teazle. Detail the players, the action, and the initial rapport between the Teazles, as well as the outcome. Explain whether and how the Teazles' relationship and the aforementioned advice can be or should not be deemed analogous. Support your position with text, dialogue, and paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Sir Peter and Lady Teazle experience many marital problems in The School for Scandal. What does Sheridan seem to be saying about marriage through their relationship?

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