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. When Mrs. Hardcastle drags herself to where Tony is, what does he try to make her believe?

2. What does Hardcastle say that girls like?

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

4. How does Hardcastle give Marlow a hard time?

5. Who tells Kate that Marlow thinks the house is an inn?

Short Essay Questions

1. There is a great deal of shouting at one another about Tony's latest deception. What does Tony say that Mr. Hardcastle has to agree with?

2. Describe Hastings' mood after Constance has left with Mrs. Hardcastle.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Mrs. Hardcastle react when she reads the real note?

9. When Constance cannot think of any more to read from the note, she crumples it up and hands it back to Tony. Why does he hand it back to his mother?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Unseen central objects in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER are the jewels. These jewels were not very secure in Mrs. Hardcastle's locked bureau drawer. The British obsession with jewels goes back many centuries and may be best illustrated by the Royal Crown jewels of the monarchs. Research some of the most spectacular crown jewels and write a paper about their value and how they are kept safe.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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