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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 Goring say he loves to talk about nothing?

2. Who says, "This is a game of life as we all have to play it"?

3. Why does Mabel say she dislikes pearls?

4. What does Mabel find in the sofa, hidden by a cushion?

5. Why can't Goring stay longer at the Chiltern's in Act 1, Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sir Robert do after Mrs. Cheveley brings up Baron Arnheim that shows he is uncomfortable with the whole conversation?

2. Before sitting down to dinner, why does Mabel say that Goring has been "horrid" and what is his response?

3. How does Goring finally get Mrs. Cheveley to give him Sir Robert's letter?

4. How does Sir Robert describe terror in Act 2, Part 1?

5. Why does Sir Robert think it so unfair that the scandal revealed in his letter to Baron Arnheim should surface now?

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

7. Why is Mrs. Cheveley so interested in the success or failure of the Argentine Canal?

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

9. What does Lady Chiltern say Sir Robert contributes to the political world?

10. How does Goring know that the brooch can also be worn as a bracelet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wilde is a master of using little details that initially seem insignificant to make important points. Name three instances in which he uses small details to make a point. Identify each detail and discuss what Wilde uses the detail to say.

Essay Topic 2

How does Wilde use foreshadowing in An Ideal Husband? Name some instances of foreshadowing and what events or elements of the play they foreshadow. What purpose does Wilde's use of foreshadowing serve?

Essay Topic 3

The central conflict in this play is not between Mrs. Cheveley and Sir Robert or Goring. Identify the central conflict of the play and how Wilde illustrates it in the play. What is the conflict? At what point in the play does Wilde make the conflict clear? How is it brought out and how is it finally resolved?

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