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. What does Marlow say that Kate overhears?

2. Why does Mr. Hardcastle not go back into the house?

3. What does the letter from Sir Charles Marlow indicate?

4. What does the maid tell Kate that Marlow thinks.

5. Why are Hardcastle and Sir Charles amazed at Marlow's quick departure?

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 the conflict between Constance and Tony now that Mrs. Hardcastle has the jewels back?

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

4. What is the act Tony and Constance put on for Mrs. Hardcastle's benefit?

5. What happens between Marlow and Hastings after Mrs. Hardcastle gets possession of the jewels once again?

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

7. 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.

8. What is going on between Mr. Hardcastle and Sir Charles as they come into the room after Mrs. Hardcastle has left with Constance?

9. When Marlow speaks again to Kate, how does he behave?

10. How does Mr. Hardcastle react to seeing Marlow holding his daughter's hand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Words have changed their meaning since Goldsmith wrote this play. For example, the word modesty is used in an entirely different way from the way we use it today. Find at least ten examples of words that have a different meaning today and write a paper showing how they are used in the play and how we might use those words today. In some cases, it might be that the word in the play is no longer used and you will need to provide a modern word that expresses the same idea.

Essay Topic 2

Staging of plays in Goldsmith's day was much different from the way it is today. There was no curtain. At the end of a scene, the actors all walked off the stage and the stagehands came in and changed the backdrop and the furniture. SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER has stood the test of time, however, and is still staged today. Write a paper about how you would stage the play and handle the different scene changes.

Essay Topic 3

Jumping to conclusions is a thread that runs throughout the play. Select several instances of this and write a paper discussing the fallacy of jumping to conclusions. In your paper evaluate whether that is a fairly universal human trait. Give at least one example other than from the play when someone jumped to wrong conclusions and the effect it had on the people involved.

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