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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 old was Sir Robert when he wrote the letter to Baron Arnheim?

2. Why does Goring say he loves to talk about nothing?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Mrs. Cheveley gives Sir Robert a piece of advice about dealing with their pasts. What does she tell him they all must do?

2. Why is Mabel angry with Goring in Act 4, Part 1?

3. Why does Sir Robert become angry with Goring in Act 3, Part 1?

4. What does Lady Chiltern think of Mrs. Cheveley after meeting her in Act 1?

5. Why does Goring tell Lady Chiltern that no one is incapable of foolish actions in Act 2, Part 2?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although Goring frequently provides the comic relief in this play, he also speaks very wise truths at various points in the play. At which points does Goring show wisdom? What does he say? Do the characters he is speaking to recognize his wisdom? 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

Mrs. Cheveley is clearly the antagonist of this play; however, the protagonist of the play isn't quite as clear since there are really three characters who undergo significant transformation through the course of the play. Identify who these three characters are and discuss the transformation each of them goes through. Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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