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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hardcastle say the servants are like their betters?

2. What does Mr. Hardcastle expect from Diggory who was brought into the house from his work in the barn?

3. What comment does the landlord of the Three Pigeons make about Hardcastle's inn?

4. What does Mrs. Hardcastle say their mansion looks like?

5. What argument does the subject of age bring up between the Hardcastles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Tony is so sure he can handle Mrs. Hardcastle.

2. What does the audience learn right away of Kate Hardcastle's character.

3. Describe how Tony sees his chance to get back at his stepfather when the landlord says there are two gentlemen looking for Hardcastle's house.

4. How do we know that Kate is actually excited at the prospect of a handsome, well-mannered husband-to-be?

5. How does the dialogue of the opening scene give the audience a clue as to Mrs. Hardcastle's character?

6. What is happening simultaneously as Tony runs in with the casket of jewels?

7. How do Marlow and Hastings treat Mr. Hardcastle at what they suppose is an inn?

8. Why is Mr. Hardcastle training his servants?

9. Describe the argument Tony has with Mrs. Hardcastle in front of Constance and Hastings.

10. What is Mr. Hardcastle's first impression of Marlow and his friend Hastings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do some research about 18th century English inns. From your research, explain how Mr. Hardcastle's house could have reasonably been taken for an inn. Continue your paper to show how this kind of plot would not work today. Then come up with an idea of how you could mislead someone about a private residence today, e.g., a rooming house.

Essay Topic 2

What is often called a practical joke is more often something that causes great pain and embarrassment to an innocent victim. Tony's joke about the inn was really meant to embarrass Mr. Hardcastle, however, it caused suffering to Marlow and nearly wrecked any possibility of his marrying Kate. Using examples of jokes and tricks from the play, write an essay about how they are usually not funny and can often be very harmful.

Essay Topic 3

Fashion wigs were the style in the 18th century. Research their construction, upkeep, various types, and prices. Write about the process of making a fashion wig. Then give your impression of what Mrs. Hardcastle's homemade wig might have looked like. Kate and Miss Deville would wear wigs when they dressed for society. Very likely Sir Charles wore a powdered wig. Marlow and Hastings wigs were probably a natural color. Describe in your paper what the wigs of each of these characters probably looked like.

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