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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is Sir Peter aiming to eavesdrop on?
2. What is offered to secure the request made in Act 3, Scene 2?
3. What does Sir Peter see protruding from behind the screen in Joseph's room?
4. In what type of lifestyle does Sir Peter decide that he will allow his wife, Lady Teazle to live?
5. Why is Sir Oliver pleased near the end of Act 4, Scene 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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