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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. Anxious to be off, what does Marlow ask Tony?

2. Hardcastle does not recognize the insults at first and attempts to do what?

3. What is Mrs. Hardcastle's complaint with her husband?

4. As the play opens, who are the two characters who enter from the right?

5. What sort of sales pitch does Mr. Hardcastle make to his daughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Mrs. Hardcastle sees Tony and Constance together, what does she assume?

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

3. Explain Tony's trickery with Mrs. Hardcastle when Constance is pressing her to relinquish her jewels.

4. Why does Hastings insist that Constance continue the ruse that they are in an inn?

5. Tony has the landlord give the directions which no one could possibly follow. What fun do they have when Marlow asks for a room at the Three Pigeons?

6. Discuss the initial conversation between Hastings and Mrs. Hardcastle.

7. What does Hastings really want to discuss with Tony?

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

9. After looking at the night's menu, what does Marlow do?

10. Describe the landlord's reaction when Tony gives Marlow and Hastings directions to an inn which he calls Buck's Head.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

From the old adage, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive," write a paper on the way lies keep complicating the plot of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. Use the lies and deceptions on the character of Marlow to address your point. Discuss how there might have been another way to handle Marlow by telling him the truth and asking his help in the elopement. Notice how Hastings' insistence on maintaining the prank is based on his assumption of how Marlow would react to the truth.

Essay Topic 3

Unseen central objects in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER are the jewels. These jewels were not very secure in Mrs. Hardcastle's locked bureau drawer. The British obsession with jewels goes back many centuries and may be best illustrated by the Royal Crown jewels of the monarchs. Research some of the most spectacular crown jewels and write a paper about their value and how they are kept safe.

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