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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. Who enters while Kate is struggling to get her hand away from Marlow?
2. What is Marlow's complaint as he enters the room and finds Kate?
3. When Tony hands the letter to his mother, what does Constance do?
4. How many times does Marlow insist he had an interview with Kate?
5. Where is Hastings waiting for Tony?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mrs. Hardcastle make an appearance in the garden.
2. Explain how Constance knows Sir Charles is coming for a visit and Hastings' reaction to the news.
3. While the three of them--Mrs. Hardcastle, Tony, and Constance--are talking, what is the unexpected turn of events?
4. Does Mr. Hardcastle think Kate is right about young Marlow? How does he respond to Kate's request for more time to prove to him that Marlow is a proper gentleman.
5. What immediate plans do Hastings and Constance make after he tells her Tony has given him the jewels?
6. What transpires between Mr. Hardcastle and Tony in the dark?
7. Outside in the back of the garden, what surprise does Hasting get when he meets Tony there?
8. After Marlow leaves and Kate enters the room, what is the conversation she has with the two gentlemen?
9. Why have Marlow's servants all gotten drunk to the great displeasure of Mr. Hardcastle?
10. Explain how the jewels end back up with Mrs. Hardcastle.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Asides are devices used in many plays and melodramas. They are used to let the audience know what a character is thinking, to let the audience know what has happened off stage, and to whisper something to another character onstage without letting other characters know what is being said. Write a paper using asides from SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and give your opinion as to their effectiveness and contribution to the story.
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
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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