An Ideal Husband Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Sir Robert tell Lady Chiltern has different laws?

2. During Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Cheveley say we all must do sooner or later?

3. What reason does Mrs. Cheveley give Sir Robert for not giving him time to consider her offer?

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

5. How does Mrs. Cheveley say she stays young and beautiful?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characteristic does Goring say Sir Robert's denunciation of the Argentine Canal scheme show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What purpose does the character of Caversham serve? What comment does Wilde use him to make? Provide examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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