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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 puts the lights out at the end of Act 1?

2. Who does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert advised her to invest in the Argentine Canal Company?

3. Who takes charge of the item Mabel finds in the couch?

4. What does Mabel find in the sofa, hidden by a cushion?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 2, Part 2, what does Goring say to criticize Lady Chiltern?

2. Before sitting down to dinner, why does Mabel say that Goring has been "horrid" and what is his response?

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

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

5. When Goring comments that Mrs. Cheveley is just as willful as she used to be, why does Mrs. Cheveley say she has actually improved?

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

7. Why does Sir Robert become angry with Goring in Act 3, Part 1?

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

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

10. What does Goring tell Mrs. Cheveley is the drawback of stealing something?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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?

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