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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. Why does Sir Robert think it would be useless for Goring to talk to Lady Chiltern about life?

2. According to Mabel, what is London society comprised of?

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

4. In what season does Mrs. Cheveley say people are either hunting for husbands or hiding from them?

5. How long does Lady Chiltern say it's been since she and Vicomte De Nanjac last saw each other?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What benefits does Sir Robert claim to have gained from his success?

3. Why is Mabel angry with Goring in Act 4, Part 1?

4. In Act 3, Part 2, what does Sir Robert say is the real motive behind Mrs. Cheveley blackmailing Sir Robert?

5. How does Lady Chiltern feel when she first learns that Sir Robert sold a cabinet secret?

6. According to Sir Robert, why is the Suez Canal different from the Argentine Canal?

7. How does Goring feel about Sir Robert's selling the cabinet secret to gain his success?

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

9. How does Sir Robert initially react to the Prime Minister's offer of a seat in the cabinet?

10. Why does Sir Robert say it was so important to him to achieve success when he was young?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes An Ideal Husband a farce? What elements of a farce are present in the play? Why does Wilde make the shift from satire to farce?

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

An Ideal Husband is certainly a commentary on ambition and how our ambitions can affect our lives. Where do we see ambition in the play and what effect does it have on the characters and the plot?

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