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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. Why does Lady Chiltern say she'll always love Sir Robert in Act 1, Part 3?

2. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Goring call the item Mabel finds?

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

4. During the Chiltern's dinner party, what does Lady Chiltern state she didn't know about Mrs. Cheveley?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Sir Robert do after Mrs. Cheveley brings up Baron Arnheim that shows he is uncomfortable with the whole conversation?

4. What reason does Mrs. Marchmont give for hating being educated?

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

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

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

8. How does Goring know that the brooch can also be worn as a bracelet?

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

10. What about Sir Robert does Lady Chiltern say makes him different from other men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

An Ideal Husband is certainly a commentary on ambition and how our ambitions can affect our lives. Where do we see ambition in the play and what effect does it have on the characters and the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Where does Wilde use symbolism in An Ideal Husband? What does/do the symbol(s) represent? Provide examples to support your answer.

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