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. Where has Sir Oliver been spending his time?

2. What does Sir Peter's wife demand?

3. What does Sir Peter attempt to do when Lady Teazle enters near the end of Act 3, Scene 1?

4. Lady Sneerwell would like to be courted by whom of the following?

5. Who does Sir Peter believe was too liberal with Charles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lady Teazle tell her husband about her affair with Joseph?

2. In Act 5, Scene 2, what does the gathered party believe happened at Joseph's house?

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

4. How does Sir Peter try to convince Lady Teazle that she she should be happy?

5. What drives Sir Peter away as the gossipers are in the midst of their gossiping session?

6. Who does Sir Peter blame for Charles Surface being a free-spending profligate?

7. What is the story that is revealed in relation to Sir Peter's estrangement from Charles Surface?

8. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is at the center of the argument that is taking place between Lady Teazle and Sir Peter?

9. In Act 1, Scene 2, how does Sir Peter Teazle's life change for the worse, six months after having married a young woman?

10. How does Lady Sneerwell clarify to Snake who her real love interest is Charles Surface, and not his brother, Joseph?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Does calling Sir Peter out from hiding in the closet help edify the statements made throughout the play by those claiming that Charles is an upright and honest man? Support your position with text, dialogue, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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