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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. How does Lord Goring describe seeing Mrs. Cheveley at the Chiltern's party?

2. During the Chiltern's dinner party, what does Lady Chiltern state she didn't know about Mrs. Cheveley?

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

4. According to Lady Markby, what's better than light intellectual pressure?

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

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

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

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

5. What about Lady Chiltern's letter catches Mrs. Cheveley's eye when she is in Goring's drawing room?

6. How does Sir Robert describe terror in Act 2, Part 1?

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

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

9. Why does Mrs. Cheveley say she thinks the London season is too matrimonial?

10. Why does Goring tell Lady Chiltern that no one is incapable of foolish actions in Act 2, Part 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Wilde is a master of using little details that initially seem insignificant to make important points. Name three instances in which he uses small details to make a point. Identify each detail and discuss what Wilde uses the detail to say.

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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