She Stoops to Conquer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 has Kate promised her father about her dress in the evenings?

2. What is Mrs. Hardcastle's state of mind when she returns to the living room?

3. What funny comment does Hardcastle make to the audience about the behavior of Marlow and Hastings?

4. Giving up on following Tony's directions, what does Marlow do?

5. How is Mr. Hardcastle astonished by Kate's conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Tell how Tony describes the Hardcastle family.

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. How does the audience get a picture of Tony Lumpkin before he even enters the stage?

10. What does Marlow say to Hastings about his ability with women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Education in the 18th century was limited almost exclusively to the upper classes. Using Mr. Hardcastle's servants and Tony's inability to read Hastings' letter, write a paper on the disadvantages of illiteracy. Carry the idea on to the 21st century and how important education is today.

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