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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 does Mr. Hardcastle call his home?

2. When Marlow and Hastings enter the Three Pigeons, Marlow is complaining about the distance they came. What does Hastings say?

3. What does Tony volunteer to do as Marlow and Hastings head out the door of the Three Pigeons?

4. When Mrs. Hardcastle tries to get Tony to say home one night, where is he planning to go?

5. Why is Tony suddenly brave enough to play a prank on Hardcastle and his guests.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Tony Lumpkins' problem with his mother and Miss Neville.

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

5. What clue does the landlord give in the muttered line that Tony is a damn'd mischievous son of a whore?

6. Tell how Tony describes the Hardcastle family.

7. Using Mr. Hardcastle's speech at the beginning of act 3, define and explain the soliloquy.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER is a farce comedy. Explain what makes it a farce. Use selections from the play to point out improbable events and situations. Point out the characters who give the play a comical tone. Make mention of the plot twists and turns that would not happen in real life. Explain the need for an audience to suspend rational thought to enjoy a farce.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Research the 18th century British carriages. Specifically look up the post or mail coach that is mentioned several times in the play. In your paper describe the carriages and the social implications in the culture of the times. Write about how these carriages were precursors of modern luxury means of transportation.

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