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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Goring, what can't women discover?

2. According to Lady Chiltern in Act 1, Part 3, what is Sir Robert not a man to do?

3. Why does Goring say he loves to talk about nothing?

4. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Mabel say about Mrs. Cheveley after she leaves?

5. To what flower does the author compare Mrs. Cheveley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Lady Markby give for the people in the park not looking so fresh?

2. What does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert is the difference between scandals in the old days and scandals in the present?

3. Why does Caversham say that bachelors are no longer in fashion?

4. Why does Mrs. Cheveley say she thinks the London season is too matrimonial?

5. In Act 2, Part 2, what error does Sir Robert say all women make?

6. In Act 1, Part 3, what is the one thing that Lady Chiltern implies would cause her to leave her husband?

7. Why does Sir Robert think someone has been listening in on his conversation with Goring while he's at Goring's house?

8. Why is Mabel upset when she joins a conversation with Goring and other party guests and finds they are talking about Mrs. Cheveley?

9. What does Goring tell Lady Chiltern will happen if she allows Sir Robert to sacrifice his career?

10. In Act 2, Part 2, what does Goring say to criticize Lady Chiltern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Goring frequently provides the comic relief in this play, he also speaks very wise truths at various points in the play. At which points does Goring show wisdom? What does he say? Do the characters he is speaking to recognize his wisdom? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of subplot in An Ideal Husband. What is the subplot and what purpose does it serve? How does it contrast and/or imitate the main plot? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Wilde is well known for his use of wit for the purpose of political and social commentary. What comments on people, society, and politics does Wilde make in this play through the use of wit? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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