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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. What refreshment does Marlow ask of Hardcastle?
2. What argument does the subject of age bring up between the Hardcastles?
3. Left behind as Hardcastle and Marlow go to the bedrooms, who does Hastings see?
4. What is Marlow's experience with proper young ladies?
5. Mr. Hardcastle is furious with Marlow. What does he say out loud to himself about the young man?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the dialogue of the opening scene give the audience a clue as to Mrs. Hardcastle's character?
2. Why is Mr. Hardcastle training his servants?
3. Tell how Tony describes the Hardcastle family.
4. What is the news Mr. Hardcastle gives his daughter about her future?
5. How do Marlow and Hastings treat Mr. Hardcastle at what they suppose is an inn?
6. What is Mr. Hardcastle's first impression of Marlow and his friend Hastings?
7. What is happening simultaneously as Tony runs in with the casket of jewels?
8. What does Hastings really want to discuss with Tony?
9. Describe Tony Lumpkins' problem with his mother and Miss Neville.
10. How is Mr. Hardcastle different from his wife?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The jewels are an important element in the story, although they are never seen. Using this example, write an essay about how valuables often become more important than people. Use Mrs. Hardcastle to show that her greed for keeping the jewels in her family was actually more important to her than Tony's happiness.
Essay Topic 2
Jumping to conclusions is a thread that runs throughout the play. Select several instances of this and write a paper discussing the fallacy of jumping to conclusions. In your paper evaluate whether that is a fairly universal human trait. Give at least one example other than from the play when someone jumped to wrong conclusions and the effect it had on the people involved.
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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