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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 Sir Robert reply to Lady Chiltern in Act 1, Part 3 when she asks about his change of view on the report from the Commission regarding the Argentine Canal scheme?

2. During the Chiltern's dinner party, where does Mrs. Cheveley say she will be the next night at half past eleven?

3. What secret does Mrs. Cheveley know about Sir Robert?

4. If Sir Robert meets Mrs. Cheveley's demands, what will she give him with the prettiest thanks?

5. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Lady Chiltern tell Sir Robert he's always been?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Goring feel about Sir Robert's selling the cabinet secret to gain his success?

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

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

4. What does Lady Chiltern think of Mrs. Cheveley after meeting her in Act 1?

5. Mrs. Cheveley gives Sir Robert a piece of advice about dealing with their pasts. What does she tell him they all must do?

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

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

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

9. Why is Mrs. Marchmont pleased when Goring tells her she is morbid?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What purpose does the character of Caversham serve? What comment does Wilde use him to make? Provide examples from the play.

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

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?

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