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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest


by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest: You Don’t Know Jack Quiz

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Q. What are Gwendolyn and Cecily obsessed with?

Collecting knick-knacks
The corset collection at Queen Victoria’s Secret
Causing mischief
The name Ernest
Q. Why do Gwendolen and Cecily start fighting?

Because they believe they are engaged to the same man
Because Cecily calls Gwendolen a name
Because they discuss it and agree that they are, in fact, ready to rumble
Because Gwendolen borrows one of Cecily’s dresses without asking her permission
Q. What changes Lady Bracknell’s attitude toward Cecily?

She finds out that Cecily is very wealthy
She finds out that Cecily is very poor
She finds out that Cecily has been married before
She finds out that Cecily watches TMZ religiously
Q. What does Miss Prism confess that she unintentionally switched?

A book and a baby
The goblet containing the Iocaine powder and the goblet without it
A roll and a ring
A leaf and a letter
Q. What does Jack find out about himself?

His name really is Ernest
He is Algernon’s son
He is related to Gwendolen
He doesn’t like black olives (he can’t believe he never knew that—he just never thought to ask)