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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 does Kate say to herself about Marlow.
2. How does Miss Neville know who the letter is from?
3. Where is Mr. Hardcastle while Mrs. Hardcastle is leaving with Constance?
4. How does Mrs. Hardcastle show her blind love of her son, Tony?
5. Why does Marlow insist the house is his?
Short Essay Questions
1. What immediate plans do Hastings and Constance make after he tells her Tony has given him the jewels?
2. When Marlow speaks again to Kate, how does he behave?
3. Explain how Constance knows Sir Charles is coming for a visit and Hastings' reaction to the news.
4. How does Kate discover the misunderstanding that has been going on in the house?
5. 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?
6. Explain how the jewels end back up with Mrs. Hardcastle.
7. What is young Marlow's purpose in seeking out Mr. Hardcastle before he leaves the house?
8. After Marlow leaves and Kate enters the room, what is the conversation she has with the two gentlemen?
9. How does Mrs. Hardcastle make an appearance in the garden.
10. How does Mr. Hardcastle react to seeing Marlow holding his daughter's hand?
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
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
From the old adage, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive," write a paper on the way lies keep complicating the plot of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. Use the lies and deceptions on the character of Marlow to address your point. Discuss how there might have been another way to handle Marlow by telling him the truth and asking his help in the elopement. Notice how Hastings' insistence on maintaining the prank is based on his assumption of how Marlow would react to the truth.
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