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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. Fill in the blank. Goring says, "Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, ________."

2. How old was Sir Robert when he wrote the letter to Baron Arnheim?

3. Who does Mrs. Cheveley say will have the loathsome joy of dragging Sir Robert down in the mud and mire?

4. What does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert won't survive a scandal?

5. Who does Mrs. Cheveley say taught her to play fairly when one has the winning cards?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why isn't Mabel interested in men who have a future?

4. What reason does Mrs. Marchmont give for hating being educated?

5. What is Goring's reaction to Mabel's revelation in Act 1, Part 1, that she does not like Mrs. Cheveley?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Goring say is the purpose of visiting someone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The climax of the play wraps up a number of misconceptions that occur during the course of the play. List and discuss at least three of the misconceptions, who is affected by them, and how they are resolved.

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

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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