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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 does Sir Robert reply to Lady Chiltern in Act 1, Part 3 when she asks about his change of view on the report from the Commission regarding the Argentine Canal scheme?
2. During Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Cheveley say we all must do sooner or later?
3. Why does Goring say people are pleased to find out about other people's secrets?
4. In Act 2, Part 1, what does Goring tell Sir Robert he should have done with Lady Chiltern?
5. What is Sir Robert's initial response to Mrs. Cheveley's request concerning his speech?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mrs. Cheveley initially do to try to convince Sir Robert to speak in favor of the Argentine Canal?
2. How does Mrs. Cheveley plan to use the letter Sir Robert wrote to Baron Arnheim regarding the Argentine Canal?
3. In Act 1, Part 3, what is the one thing that Lady Chiltern implies would cause her to leave her husband?
4. How does Goring feel about Sir Robert's selling the cabinet secret to gain his success?
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 Lady Chiltern will happen if she allows Sir Robert to sacrifice his career?
7. What benefits does Sir Robert claim to have gained from his success?
8. Before sitting down to dinner, why does Mabel say that Goring has been "horrid" and what is his response?
9. Why is Mrs. Marchmont pleased when Goring tells her she is morbid?
10. What reason does Lady Markby give for the people in the park not looking so fresh?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Wilde is a master of using little details that initially seem insignificant to make important points. Name three instances in which he uses small details to make a point. Identify each detail and discuss what Wilde uses the detail to say.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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