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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. In Act 2, Part 1, what does Goring tell Sir Robert he should have done with Lady Chiltern?

2. According to Lady Markby, what about Sir John has become unbearable?

3. How much does Sir Robert reveal he received from Baron Arnheim?

4. What does Lady Chiltern demand that Sir Robert do immediately, in Act 1, Part 3?

5. What does Sir Robert tell Mrs. Cheveley he thinks of the Argentine Canal Company when she first brings it up?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Sir Robert think someone has been listening in on his conversation with Goring while he's at Goring's house?

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

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

5. In Act 2, Part 2, what error does Sir Robert say all women make?

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

7. Why is Mabel upset when she joins a conversation with Goring and other party guests and finds they are talking about Mrs. Cheveley?

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

9. Why does Caversham think he should be the one to choose a wife for Goring?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Wilde uses two dimensional characters for a specific purpose in this play. What is that purpose? Who are the two dimensional characters? How do they support your idea of the purpose of two dimensional characters?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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