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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 Marlow tell Kate the barmaid his name is?
2. How does Kate as the barmaid rebuff Marlow.
3. Who enters with a letter for Tony?
4. What has Tony arranged for Hastings and Constance?
5. What fate is Hastings resigned to as he and Constance go back to the house.
Short Essay Questions
1. While the three of them--Mrs. Hardcastle, Tony, and Constance--are talking, what is the unexpected turn of events?
2. After Marlow leaves and Kate enters the room, what is the conversation she has with the two gentlemen?
3. What is going on between Mr. Hardcastle and Sir Charles as they come into the room after Mrs. Hardcastle has left with Constance?
4. What is young Marlow's purpose in seeking out Mr. Hardcastle before he leaves the house?
5. Explain how the jewels end back up with Mrs. Hardcastle.
6. What transpires between Mr. Hardcastle and Tony in the dark?
7. How does Mrs. Hardcastle make an appearance in the garden.
8. How does Hardcastle respond to Kate's hope that he will forgive Marlow?
9. What is the act Tony and Constance put on for Mrs. Hardcastle's benefit?
10. How does Kate discover the misunderstanding that has been going on in the house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fashion wigs were the style in the 18th century. Research their construction, upkeep, various types, and prices. Write about the process of making a fashion wig. Then give your impression of what Mrs. Hardcastle's homemade wig might have looked like. Kate and Miss Deville would wear wigs when they dressed for society. Very likely Sir Charles wore a powdered wig. Marlow and Hastings wigs were probably a natural color. Describe in your paper what the wigs of each of these characters probably looked like.
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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