School for Scandal Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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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 Lady Teazle wish Sir Peter would allow Maria to marry Charles?

2. What does Sir Oliver decide to do in Act 4, Scene 2?

3. When Sir Peter sees a lady's petticoats behind the screen, what does Joseph claim?

4. What does Sir Oliver decide to pay off following the portrait auction?

5. How does Joseph feel about saving the situation with Charles and Maria at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that refraining from gossip and scandal is a virtue. Examine the fact that Sir Oliver's refusal to listen to others' assessments about his nephew, Charles' character, results in his ability to determine which of his nephews is more worthy of the bequeathing of his estate. Write an essay detailing how Sheridan, through the character of Sir Oliver is able to infer the message that refraining from scandal and gossip has its rewards. Also, explain whether Sheridan's subtle message is likely to reach and teach members of the audience.

Essay Topic 2

Sir Oliver observes that any man of worth will have enemies, and since Joseph does not have any enemies, he cannot fully trust Joseph. Write an essay on whether Sir Oliver's observation can be considered to be basing a man's worth based solely on appearance. Compare and contrast Sir Oliver's method of character assessment, with that of Sheridan's, which is based on looking underneath the surface. In comparing Sir Oliver's method of character assessment with that of Sheridan's, can both methods be considered to be alike, or to be in contrast to one another? If so, how? If not, why not? Support your position with dialogue, text, and/or paraphrase from the play.

Essay Topic 3

One of the main themes in The School for Scandal is that appearances can be deceiving. Which characters demonstrate this theme, and how?

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