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

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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 is the one thing about the man whose name is Marlow that Kate does not particularly like?

2. What does Diggory say will be difficult for him?

3. Who is Hardcastle reminded of when he hears the word retreat?

4. Why does Constance not believe that Mrs. Hardcastle has lost her jewels?

5. What suggestion is made that the landlady might do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the act Tony and Constance put on for Mrs. Hardcastle's benefit?

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

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

7. Explain the hilarity when Mrs. Hardcastle discovers that the jewels are not where she left them.

8. When Marlow speaks again to Kate, how does he behave?

9. How does Hardcastle respond to Kate's hope that he will forgive Marlow?

10. Tell how Tony describes the Hardcastle family.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the 18th century, women, especially unmarried women, had almost no civil rights. Using Miss Neville as an example, explain how she had almost no control over her own affairs. Also, explain why Mrs. Hardcastle came to be her guardian and have control over her inheritance. Explain why Mr. Hardcastle had nothing to do with Miss Neville's situation. Contrast Tony's situation to Miss Neville's. His mother controlled his inheritance, but he had the promise of getting out from under that control even without marrying. What is the difference?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Fashion wigs were the style in the 18th century. Research their construction, upkeep, various types, and prices. Write about the process of making a fashion wig. Then give your impression of what Mrs. Hardcastle's homemade wig might have looked like. Kate and Miss Deville would wear wigs when they dressed for society. Very likely Sir Charles wore a powdered wig. Marlow and Hastings wigs were probably a natural color. Describe in your paper what the wigs of each of these characters probably looked like.

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