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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. When does Act 2 take place?

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

3. In Act 1, Part 2, who says, "I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don't like are tedious, practical people"?

4. What is Lady Chiltern's first name?

5. In Act 2, Part 1, what event does Goring tell Sir Robert he'll be attending that evening?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why isn't Mabel interested in men who have a future?

2. Why doesn't Goring think women are meant to judge?

3. What is Goring frustrated about as Act 4 opens?

4. How does Lady Chiltern feel when she first learns that Sir Robert sold a cabinet secret?

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

6. How does Goring finally get Mrs. Cheveley to give him Sir Robert's letter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Wilde is well known for his use of wit for the purpose of political and social commentary. What comments on people, society, and politics does Wilde make in this play through the use of wit? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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