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The Importance of Being Earnest
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Jack Worthing description
protagonist, responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life
Algernon Moncrieff description
charming, idle, decorative bachelor, Jack's life long friend
Rev. Canon Chasuble description
The rector on Jack's estate, "doctor of divinity"
The butler at the Manor House, Jack's estate in the country
Lady Augusta Bracknell description
Algernon's snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen's mother.
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax description
sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious
Cecily Cardew description
sweet, simple, innocent girl with a wild imagination
Miss Prism description
Cecily's governess, an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés
Why does Lane think it isn't polite to listen to Algernon's piano playing?
because Algernon is playing badly
What does Algernon tell Jack he has always suspected him of being?
What leads Algernon to think Jack is leading a double life?
he finds an inscription to uncle Jack from Cecily
What does Jack say it is a very ungentlemanly thing to read?
a private cigarette case
At first, Jack tells Algernon that Cecily is his what?
What does Algernon mean when he says that Lady Bracknell rings the doorbell in a "Wagnerian manner"?
she is pressing it constantly
Why does Lane claim that there were "no cucumbers at the market"?
He is covering for Algy who ate all of them
What does Gwendolen say they live in?
an age of ideals
What does Gwendolen say the name Ernest produces?
What is Lady Bracknell's reaction when Jack admits to her that he smokes?
she is glad and thinks all men should
Where did old Mr. Thomas Cardew find Jack as a baby?
in a railway station
What is Lady Bracknell's objection to Jack as a prospective suitor to Gwendolen?
his family parentage
What does Algernon begin playing offstage at the conclusion of Jack's interview with Lady Bracknell?
the wedding march
What is Gwendolen's response to the story of Jack's origins?
thinks it is romantic
Who does Algernon think ought to set an example for the upper class?
lane and the lower classes
What does Jack call Lady Bracknell behind her back?
Why hasn't Jack told Gwendolen that he has an excessively pretty young ward?
he thinks she might be jealous
What is the name of Algernon's imaginary friend?
In which two locales does the protagonist lead his dual lives as Jack and Ernest Worthing?
Hertfordshire and London
What do Jack's best friend and love interest not know about him?
he is living a double life
Why is Cecily nervous about meeting Jack's brother Ernest?
she is afraid he will look like everyone else
Where has Cecily recorded her engagement to Jack's brother Ernest?
Why has Cecily broken off her engagement to Algernon?
no serious engagement
Why does Gwendolen never travel without her diary?
one should always have something to read on the train
Why does Gwendolen tell Cecily that cake and sugar are no longer fashionable?
she wants to insult Cecily
Why does Cecily put sugar in Gwendolen's tea?
to insult Gwendolen
Which two characters' unexpected visits to Jack prompt the end of his fictional brother/alter ego?
Algernon and Gwendolen
Aside from his relation to Lady Bracknell and Algernon, what does Jack learn in the play's final act?
His name is Earnest
Explain how the title of this play ("The Importance of Being Earnest") is a pun using details you remember from the play.
When was the Victorian Age?
Common Victorian authors
the Bronte sisters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot
When was Oscar Wilde born?
What was the name of the movement that embraced the principle of art for the sake of beauty and beauty alone?
Who publicly accused Wilde of being homosexual?
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