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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. To what flower does the author compare Mrs. Cheveley?

3. What reason does Mrs. Cheveley give Sir Robert for not giving him time to consider her offer?

4. According to Lady Chiltern, what is the only way that people should be judged?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Sir Robert want to stay five more minutes at Goring's house in Act 3, Part 1?

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

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

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

7. Why does Caversham say that bachelors are no longer in fashion?

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

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

10. What does Lady Chiltern say Sir Robert contributes to the political world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Wilde use foreshadowing in An Ideal Husband? Name some instances of foreshadowing and what events or elements of the play they foreshadow. What purpose does Wilde's use of foreshadowing serve?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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