School for Scandal Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Charles refuse to agree to Sir Oliver's offer on a portrait?

2. What is the occupation of Sir Oliver's companion at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 2?

3. Who forces Sir Oliver and his companion to wait in Act 3, Scene 2?

4. What does Sir Peter suggest to embarrass Joseph?

5. Who announces the arrival of Sir Oliver and Mr. Moses when they arrive at Charles' house to discuss his request for a loan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despite the fact that the gossipers are aware that they are ridiculed by those who do not circulate in gossip circles, the gossipers continue their gossip sessions on a regular basis. There is a sense of power that they feel that they gain by participating in the gossip sessions. Write an essay focusing on whether their power has real or imaginary value in the minds of the gossipers. Explain why, and support your position with text, dialogue and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Sheridan's play, it can be said that detail focusing on the gossiping circle's gatherings at Lady Sneerwell's home tend to imply that these gatherings are attended largely, if not exclusively, by women. Write an essay that either supports or disproves that women are solely responsible for spreading the gossip about which Sheridan "complains". Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

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