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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 many times does Marlow insist he had an interview with Kate?
2. What does the maid tell Kate that Marlow thinks.
3. How is Hastings shocked by Marlow?
4. Who enters with a letter for Tony?
5. How does Miss Neville know who the letter is from?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is going on between Mr. Hardcastle and Sir Charles as they come into the room after Mrs. Hardcastle has left with Constance?
2. While the three of them--Mrs. Hardcastle, Tony, and Constance--are talking, what is the unexpected turn of events?
3. 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?
4. How does Mr. Hardcastle react to seeing Marlow holding his daughter's hand?
5. How does Mrs. Hardcastle make an appearance in the garden.
6. 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?
7. Explain how Constance knows Sir Charles is coming for a visit and Hastings' reaction to the news.
8. After Marlow leaves and Kate enters the room, what is the conversation she has with the two gentlemen?
9. How does Kate discover the misunderstanding that has been going on in the house?
10. Explain how the jewels end back up with Mrs. Hardcastle.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is often called a practical joke is more often something that causes great pain and embarrassment to an innocent victim. Tony's joke about the inn was really meant to embarrass Mr. Hardcastle, however, it caused suffering to Marlow and nearly wrecked any possibility of his marrying Kate. Using examples of jokes and tricks from the play, write an essay about how they are usually not funny and can often be very harmful.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Do some research about 18th century English inns. From your research, explain how Mr. Hardcastle's house could have reasonably been taken for an inn. Continue your paper to show how this kind of plot would not work today. Then come up with an idea of how you could mislead someone about a private residence today, e.g., a rooming house.
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