The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde: Summary, Analysis & Criticism


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Jack Worthing poses as his brother 'Ernest' in order to _____.

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1. Gwendolen likes the name 'Ernest' because _____.

2. Gwendolen's mother, Lady Bracknell, opposes Jack and Gwendolen's engagement because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the characters and plot of the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Significance of the name Ernest in the play
  • Main characters
  • Theme of the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important characters, such as Jack Worthing and Algernon
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theme of this play

Additional Learning

To learn more about the play, review the accompanying lesson called The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde: Summary, Analysis & Criticism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the story of The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Understand the double meaning of the title
  • Know important characters and scenes from the play