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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 long does Lady Chiltern say it's been since she and Vicomte De Nanjac last saw each other?

2. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Mabel say about Mrs. Cheveley after she leaves?

3. In Act 1, Part 1, how is Goring described?

4. Fill in the blank. Goring says, "Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, ________."

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Goring want a thoroughly sensible wife?

2. What is Lady Chiltern's response to Mrs. Cheveley when she says that Lady Chiltern hasn't changed since their school days?

3. How does Mrs. Cheveley plan to use the letter Sir Robert wrote to Baron Arnheim regarding the Argentine Canal?

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

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

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

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

8. What characteristic does Goring say Sir Robert's denunciation of the Argentine Canal scheme show?

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

10. What is Goring's reaction to Mabel's revelation in Act 1, Part 1, that she does not like Mrs. Cheveley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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