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. Whom is the playwright honoring via the portrait portion of the play?

2. Aside from Sir Peter and Sir Oliver, who else is involved in devising a plan that will allow Sir Oliver to judge Charles and Joseph in an inconspicuous manner?

3. Why does Sir Peter think Lady Teazle should be happy with anything he gives her?

4. To whom does Sir Peter attribute much of Lady Teazle's shrewish behavior?

5. Who usually writes the Prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the reason that Lady Teazle interrupt the conversation between Joseph and Maria?

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

4. What does Sheridan admonish the audience about in "A Portrait"?

5. How does Rowley console Sir Peter's concerns about his ward, Maria's desire to marry Charles Surface?

6. What are Lady Sneerwell and Snake discussing at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1?

7. How does Lady Sneerwell play a part in the argument between the Teazles coming to an end?

8. What does Rowley tell Sir Oliver about Charles and Joseph?

9. What does Sir Oliver ask Charles concerning Charles's request for a loan in Act 3, Scene 3?

10. What is the purpose of a Portrait portion of a play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Screen scenes are prevalent in English literature, but the screen scene in The School for Scandal is highly praised. What distinguishes this from other screen scenes?

Essay Topic 2

What role do Careless and Snake play in The School for Scandal?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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