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

2. What is Sir Robert's initial response to Mrs. Cheveley's request concerning his speech?

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

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

5. What does Mrs. Cheveley want Sir Robert to say about the Argentine Canal project?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Goring say is the purpose of visiting someone?

4. What strange request does Goring make of Mabel regarding the brooch Mabel finds?

5. What condition does Mrs. Cheveley set for her giving Sir Robert's letter to Goring?

6. What reason does Lady Markby give for the people in the park not looking so fresh?

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

8. Why does Sir Robert say he is skeptical of the Argentine Canal scheme?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes An Ideal Husband a farce? What elements of a farce are present in the play? Why does Wilde make the shift from satire to farce?

Essay Topic 2

The climax of the play wraps up a number of misconceptions that occur during the course of the play. List and discuss at least three of the misconceptions, who is affected by them, and how they are resolved.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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