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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 Tony's one word admonition to the landlord of the pub?

2. What refreshment does Marlow ask of Hardcastle?

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

4. How does Hardcastle say the servants are like their betters?

5. What does Tony do when he discovers that Marlow and Hastings are hopelessly lost?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hastings insist that Constance continue the ruse that they are in an inn?

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

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

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

7. Why is Mr. Hardcastle training his servants?

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

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

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

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 2

Pretend you are a writer for an 18th-century newspaper and write a critique of Mr. Goldsmith's play. In your critique be sure to mention Goldsmith's departure from the sentimental comedy of his day. Note the passages in the play that would border on the scandalous in his time. Discuss the continuity of the play and the use of subplots. Detail your opinion about the believability of the characters.

Essay Topic 3

Asides are devices used in many plays and melodramas. They are used to let the audience know what a character is thinking, to let the audience know what has happened off stage, and to whisper something to another character onstage without letting other characters know what is being said. Write a paper using asides from SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and give your opinion as to their effectiveness and contribution to the story.

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