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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is offered to secure the request made in Act 3, Scene 2?
2. Where are Mrs. Candour, Lady Sneerwell, Backbite, and Crabtree gathered at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2?
3. What does Sir Oliver ask Charles before agreeing to loan him money?
4. Who is Stanley?
5. As Act 3, Scene 3 begins, who is sitting at the table with Charles Surface?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Step back in time to the setting of the play in the late 1700's, when modern-day entertainment outlets such as radio, television, and tabloids were not available. Focus on the gossip sessions that Lady Sneerwell holds at her home, along with those who attended and participate in those sessions. Write an essay comparing and contrasting whether the participants in her gossip sessions were participating in the gossip gatherings for the sake of entertainment, or because they simply had less than a good heart? Support your position with text, dialogue, or paraphrase from the play.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the single most significant factor that foreshadows the apparent transformation of Lady Teazle from a loud, demanding shrew upon the audience's first glimpse of her, to a genteel, soft-spoken lady at the end of the play.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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