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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. When does Act 2 take place?

2. If Sir Robert meets Mrs. Cheveley's demands, what will she give him with the prettiest thanks?

3. In Act 1, Part 2, who says, "I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don't like are tedious, practical people"?

4. What is Lady Chiltern's first name?

5. In Act 2, Part 1, what event does Goring tell Sir Robert he'll be attending that evening?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why isn't Mabel interested in men who have a future?

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

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

4. How does Lady Chiltern feel when she first learns that Sir Robert sold a cabinet secret?

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

6. How does Goring finally get Mrs. Cheveley to give him Sir Robert's letter?

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

8. In Act 2, Part 2, what error does Sir Robert say all women make?

9. Why does Sir Robert say it was so important to him to achieve success when he was young?

10. What conclusion did Sir Robert jump to when he found Mrs. Cheveley at Goring's house?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is "the ideal husband" in the minds of Lady Chiltern and Mabel? Do their ideals differ? Do such ideals appear to be realistic? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Where does Wilde use symbolism in An Ideal Husband? What does/do the symbol(s) represent? Provide examples to support your answer.

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