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 is Sir Robert's initial response to Mrs. Cheveley's request concerning his speech?

2. Who puts the lights out at the end of Act 1?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lord Goring say the men in the House of Commons stand the long debates that take place?

2. How does Mrs. Cheveley plan to use the letter Sir Robert wrote to Baron Arnheim regarding the Argentine Canal?

3. Mrs. Cheveley gives Sir Robert a piece of advice about dealing with their pasts. What does she tell him they all must do?

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

5. What does Lady Chiltern think of Mrs. Cheveley after meeting her in Act 1?

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

7. What condition does Mrs. Cheveley set for her giving Sir Robert's letter to Goring?

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

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

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

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

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

Although Goring frequently provides the comic relief in this play, he also speaks very wise truths at various points in the play. At which points does Goring show wisdom? What does he say? Do the characters he is speaking to recognize his wisdom? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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