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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. Why does Mabel say she dislikes pearls?

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

4. Why does Mrs. Cheveley say science cannot grapple with the problem of women?

5. What is Lady Chiltern's first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lady Chiltern taken aback by what Mrs. Cheveley says to her as she leaves the party at the Chiltern home?

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

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

4. What does Lady Chiltern say Sir Robert contributes to the political world?

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

6. Why does Sir Robert say he is skeptical of the Argentine Canal scheme?

7. How does Sir Robert initially react to the Prime Minister's offer of a seat in the cabinet?

8. Why does Mrs. Cheveley accuse Goring of being "absurdly English"?

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

10. What does Goring want from Sir Robert in return for his getting the letter to Baron Arnheim back?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mrs. Cheveley is clearly the antagonist of this play; however, the protagonist of the play isn't quite as clear since there are really three characters who undergo significant transformation through the course of the play. Identify who these three characters are and discuss the transformation each of them goes through. Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The climax of the play wraps up a number of misconceptions that occur during the course of the play. List and discuss at least three of the misconceptions, who is affected by them, and how they are resolved.

Essay Topic 3

Lady Chiltern's letter to Goring is worded in a very unclear manner. Why did Wilde word the letter in such a way? What effect does the letter have on the plot?

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