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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. According to Lady Chiltern in Act 1, Part 3, what is Sir Robert not a man to do?

2. According to Mrs. Cheveley, what used to lend charm, or at least interest, to a man?

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

4. What does Sir Robert offer Mrs. Cheveley in Act 1, Part 2?

5. Who says, "I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it."

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Goring feel about Sir Robert's selling the cabinet secret to gain his success?

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

3. Why does Mrs. Cheveley accuse Goring of being "absurdly English"?

4. Why does Sir Robert think it so unfair that the scandal revealed in his letter to Baron Arnheim should surface now?

5. Why does Goring tell Lady Chiltern that no one is incapable of foolish actions in Act 2, Part 2?

6. How has Sir Robert eased his conscience over the years since selling the cabinet secret?

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

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

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

10. What does Lady Chiltern say Sir Robert contributes to the political world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Goring's and Sir Robert's discussion in Act 2, Part 1, regarding Sir Robert's indiscretion as he started his career offers some insight into Wilde's opinions about power and the pursuit of success. What point do you think Wilde is trying to make concerning power and success in this play? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

An Ideal Husband is certainly a commentary on ambition and how our ambitions can affect our lives. Where do we see ambition in the play and what effect does it have on the characters and the plot?

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