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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. After Mrs. Cheveley leaves the party at the Chiltern's, what does Mabel tell Goring they cannot talk about?

2. What reason does Sir Robert give Goring for being unable to tell his wife about being blackmailed?

3. According to Lady Markby, what is fashionable in marriage nowadays?

4. What does Mrs. Cheveley consider fame on the continent for Sir Robert in Act 1, Part 1?

5. What reason does Lord Caversham give for never going anywhere?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Goring say is the difference between mothers and fathers?

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

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

4. What does Mabel say she wants to be to Goring in their marriage?

5. What strange request does Goring make of Mabel regarding the brooch Mabel finds?

6. When Goring comments that Mrs. Cheveley is just as willful as she used to be, why does Mrs. Cheveley say she has actually improved?

7. Why does Sir Robert become angry with Goring in Act 3, Part 1?

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

9. What conclusion did Sir Robert jump to when he found Mrs. Cheveley at Goring's house?

10. What does Mrs. Cheveley initially do to try to convince Sir Robert to speak in favor of the Argentine Canal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goring's and Sir Robert's discussion in Act 2, Part 1, regarding Sir Robert's indiscretion as he started his career offers some insight into Wilde's opinions about power and the pursuit of success. What point do you think Wilde is trying to make concerning power and success in this play? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

When Goring finally proposes to Mabel she accepts even though the proposal didn't occur in quite the way she hoped it would. Why do you think Goring's proposal is finally satisfactory with her even though it didn't quite meet her expectations? What does her acceptance of this less than ideal proposal say about her change in attitude toward marriage and all its trappings?

Essay Topic 3

What is "the ideal husband" in the minds of Lady Chiltern and Mabel? Do their ideals differ? Do such ideals appear to be realistic? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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