She Stoops to Conquer Test | Final 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. How is Hastings shocked by Marlow?

2. What seems to be the only solution for Constance and Hastings?

3. After Marlow runs from the room, how does Hardcastle confront his daughter.

4. When Tony hands the letter to his mother, what does Constance do?

5. When Marlow enters, who gets the blame for all the trouble in the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What argument does Kate use to calm her father down.

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

3. What is young Marlow's purpose in seeking out Mr. Hardcastle before he leaves the house?

4. What transpires between Mr. Hardcastle and Tony in the dark?

5. Explain how the jewels end back up with Mrs. Hardcastle.

6. While the three of them--Mrs. Hardcastle, Tony, and Constance--are talking, what is the unexpected turn of events?

7. How does Constance attempt to stop Mrs. Hardcastle from reading the note?

8. How does Mr. Hardcastle react to seeing Marlow holding his daughter's hand?

9. Outside in the back of the garden, what surprise does Hasting get when he meets Tony there?

10. What happens between Marlow and Kate the next time they are alone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Words have changed their meaning since Goldsmith wrote this play. For example, the word modesty is used in an entirely different way from the way we use it today. Find at least ten examples of words that have a different meaning today and write a paper showing how they are used in the play and how we might use those words today. In some cases, it might be that the word in the play is no longer used and you will need to provide a modern word that expresses the same idea.

Essay Topic 3

Select three of four scenes in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER that you consider to be very funny. Write about the words and actions that make the scenes comical in nature. Compare those scenes to movie or TV comedies today and show how early writers like Goldsmith influenced our ideas of what is funny in a play or film.

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