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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. For what reason does Mrs. Cheveley say she returned to London in Act 1, Part 1?

2. According to Mrs. Cheveley, what do Englishmen always get after a good meal?

3. Where does Mrs. Cheveley say she got the letter containing the secret about Sir Robert?

4. Fill in the blank. Goring says, "Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, ________."

5. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Mabel say about Mrs. Cheveley after she leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Goring tell Lady Chiltern will happen if she allows Sir Robert to sacrifice his career?

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

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

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

8. Why does Goring enjoy political parties?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wilde almost certainly has an opinion about the ideals people try to hold each other to. What do you think his opinion is on this topic? Why do you believe this? Provide examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Wilde chose the title An Ideal Husband for this play? To whom does the title refer? Does it refer to a character or to a system of beliefs, or perhaps both?

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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