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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. Who does Mrs. Cheveley say will have the loathsome joy of dragging Sir Robert down in the mud and mire?

2. What does Sir Robert tell Mrs. Cheveley he thinks of the Argentine Canal Company when she first brings it up?

3. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Goring say is "never of any use to oneself"?

4. After Mrs. Cheveley leaves the party at the Chiltern's, what does Mabel tell Goring they cannot talk about?

5. What does Lady Chiltern tell Goring he'd find interesting about her meeting in Act 1, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Goring frustrated about as Act 4 opens?

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

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

5. What does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert is the difference between scandals in the old days and scandals in the present?

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

7. What about Lady Chiltern's letter catches Mrs. Cheveley's eye when she is in Goring's drawing room?

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

9. According to Sir Robert, why is the Suez Canal different from the Argentine Canal?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What purpose does the character of Caversham serve? What comment does Wilde use him to make? Provide examples from the play.

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