Review Act 1 of The School for Scandal: Escalating Questions activity using yesterday's "Collect & Connect":
Directions: Ally yourself in a group of three students, seated as a "horseshoe." As the teacher poses each question, discuss with your group members and arrive at answers. Then, teacher pulls one name from the Bag of Destiny and that student responds. (After this, other students may volunteer answers, or the teacher may call on a second student to counter or amplify the first student's response.)
1) Which of the five quotations I selected is least thematically relevant? Explain.
2) Make a case for the thematic relevance of the quotation the first student selected as least relevant.
3) Review and explain Lady Sneerwell's comment that "the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick." What does this mean?
4) So what is the purpose of wit? Is it simply to mask one's own insecurities? Are there other purposes?
5) What evidence do you see in life for Sir Benjamin Backbite's comment that "I find [my satires] circulate more by giving copies in confidence to the friends of the parties"? To what extent are people motivated (or under what circumstances are they motivated) by reverse psychology?