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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. In Act 2, Part 1, what event does Goring tell Sir Robert he'll be attending that evening?
2. Who takes charge of the item Mabel finds in the couch?
3. How much does Sir Robert reveal he received from Baron Arnheim?
4. According to Mrs. Cheveley, what used to lend charm, or at least interest, to a man?
5. According to Goring, what can't women discover?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Lady Chiltern taken aback by what Mrs. Cheveley says to her as she leaves the party at the Chiltern home?
2. How does Goring feel about Sir Robert's selling the cabinet secret to gain his success?
3. How does Sir Robert initially react to the Prime Minister's offer of a seat in the cabinet?
4. What does Lady Chiltern think of Mrs. Cheveley after meeting her in Act 1?
5. What conclusion did Sir Robert jump to when he found Mrs. Cheveley at Goring's house?
6. What does Goring say is the difference between mothers and fathers?
7. Why does Mrs. Cheveley accuse Goring of being "absurdly English"?
8. In Act 2, Part 2, what error does Sir Robert say all women make?
9. What does Lady Chiltern say Sir Robert contributes to the political world?
10. Why does Goring enjoy political parties?
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
Lady Chiltern's letter to Goring is worded in a very unclear manner. Why did Wilde word the letter in such a way? What effect does the letter have on the plot?
Essay Topic 3
Wilde takes several jabs at politicians and the political world in this play. What can we infer about Wilde's own political opinions from this play? How does he feel about politicians and politics in general? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.
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