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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. Of what does Marlow envy Hastings?

2. Hardcastle is stunned by their rudeness but offers what service?

3. How do Hastings and Marlow continue to ignore Hardcastle?

4. When Hardcastle enters the room, how does Marlow indicate he is dismissed?

5. When Kate agrees to accept the young man if he asks for her hand, how does her father tease her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is so humorous about the conversation Kate and her father have about Marlow?

3. Why is Mr. Hardcastle training his servants?

4. What is the news Mr. Hardcastle gives his daughter about her future?

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

6. How does Hastings inject himself into the argument between Tony and his mother?

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

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

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

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

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

Sarcasm is often a stock-in-trade in comedies. Sarcasm usually takes the form of using words with an underlying meaning just the opposite of what is being said. Using the dialogue between Mr. Hardcastle and his wife when they are talking about Tony, and the dialogue between Mr. Hardcastle and Kate when they are talking about Marlow, identify the sarcasm and explain why it is so funny in each case.

Essay Topic 3

Staging of plays in Goldsmith's day was much different from the way it is today. There was no curtain. At the end of a scene, the actors all walked off the stage and the stagehands came in and changed the backdrop and the furniture. SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER has stood the test of time, however, and is still staged today. Write a paper about how you would stage the play and handle the different scene changes.

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