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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. At the Chiltern's dinner party, what does Mrs. Cheveley say cannot explain women?

2. In Act 1, Part 1, what is needed at the embassy to prevent the ambassador from being recalled?

3. What does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert she did not receive prizes for?

4. What does Goring say a woman wearing too much rouge and not enough clothing is?

5. At the dinner party in Act 1, Part 1, what does Lady Basildon think of the man who talks about his wife during dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Sir Robert say it was so important to him to achieve success when he was young?

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

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

5. What is Lady Chiltern's response to Mrs. Cheveley when she says that Lady Chiltern hasn't changed since their school days?

6. Why does Sir Robert think it so unfair that the scandal revealed in his letter to Baron Arnheim should surface now?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Goring finally proposes to Mabel she accepts even though the proposal didn't occur in quite the way she hoped it would. Why do you think Goring's proposal is finally satisfactory with her even though it didn't quite meet her expectations? What does her acceptance of this less than ideal proposal say about her change in attitude toward marriage and all its trappings?

Essay Topic 2

The central conflict in this play is not between Mrs. Cheveley and Sir Robert or Goring. Identify the central conflict of the play and how Wilde illustrates it in the play. What is the conflict? At what point in the play does Wilde make the conflict clear? How is it brought out and how is it finally resolved?

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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