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. What does Sir Oliver ask Charles before agreeing to loan him money?

2. As Act 5, Scene 2 opens, what are Mrs. Candour, Lady Sneerwell, Backbite, and Crabtree in the midst of doing?

3. Who arrives after the portrait auction has ended, and runs a couple of errands for Charles shortly thereafter?

4. Why is Sir Oliver pleased near the end of Act 4, Scene 1?

5. Whose credit is no good in Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 1, Scene 1, Lady Sneerwell explains her plot to Snake. Joseph appears and makes his involvement evident. How would The School for Scandal be different without this plot being outlined in the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 3

In the early part of Sheridan's play, Lady Teazle is fighting with her husband, Sir Peter, declaring that she deserves "everything that any woman has and more". At the end of the play, she appears to have gained "everything that any woman has and more". Write an essay focusing on your response to the following question: Is the "more" that she refers to a tangible or intangible object? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

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