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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 well did Goring know Mrs. Cheveley in the past?

2. What does Goring say it's a good thing for most of us that life is not?

3. According to Mabel, what is London society comprised of?

4. In Act 2, Part 1, what does Goring tell Sir Robert he should have done with Lady Chiltern?

5. During Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Cheveley say we all must do sooner or later?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sir Robert describe terror in Act 2, Part 1?

3. What does Mabel say she wants to be to Goring in their marriage?

4. What does Goring tell Mrs. Cheveley is the drawback of stealing something?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goring's and Sir Robert's discussion in Act 2, Part 1, regarding Sir Robert's indiscretion as he started his career offers some insight into Wilde's opinions about power and the pursuit of success. What point do you think Wilde is trying to make concerning power and success in this play? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of subplot in An Ideal Husband. What is the subplot and what purpose does it serve? How does it contrast and/or imitate the main plot? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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