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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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1. Why does Lane think it isn’t polite to listen to Algernon’s piano-playing?

2. What does Algernon tell Jack he has always suspected him of being?

3. What leads Algernon to think Jack is leading a double life?

4. What does Jack say it is a very ungentlemanly thing to read?

5. At first, Jack tells Algernon that Cecily is his what?

6. What does Algernon mean when he says that Lady Bracknell rings the doorbell in a “Wagnerian manner”?

7. Why does Lane claim that there were “no cucumbers at the market”?

8. What does Gwendolen say they live in?

9. What does Gwendolen say the name Ernest produces?

10. What is Lady Bracknell’s reaction when Jack admits to her that he smokes?

11. Where did old Mr. Thomas Cardew find Jack as a baby?

12. What is Lady Bracknell’s objection to Jack as a prospective suitor to Gwendolen?

13. What does Algernon begin playing offstage at the conclusion of Jack’s interview with Lady Bracknell?

14. What is Gwendolen’s response to the story of Jack’s origins?

15. Who does Algernon think ought to set an example for the upper classes?

16. What does Jack call Lady Bracknell behind her back?

17. Why hasn’t Jack told Gwendolen that he has an excessively pretty young ward?

18. What is the name of Algernon’s imaginary friend?

19. Where is Jack’s house in the country?

20. Why is Cecily nervous about meeting Jack’s brother Ernest?

21. Where has Cecily recorded her engagement to Jack’s brother Ernest?

22. Why has Cecily broken off her engagement to Algernon?

23. Why does Gwendolen never travel without her diary?

24. Why does Gwendolen tell Cecily that cake and sugar are no longer fashionable?

25. Why does Cecily put sugar in Gwendolen’s tea?

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Evaluate Importance of Being Earnest as a comedy.

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Oscar Wilde is an incredibly funny and witty writer. His humor in The Importance of Being Earnest relies on creating absurd situations and characters whose lack of insight causes them to respond to these situations in inappropriate ways.

Earnest is also a satire because it makes fun of its characters – most of whom are members of the aristocratic class. Think about how proud Lady Bracknell is, ... Read more

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