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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. What does Goring say a woman wearing too much rouge and not enough clothing is?

2. Why can't Goring stay longer at the Chiltern's in Act 1, Part 3?

3. What reason does Sir Robert give Goring for being unable to tell his wife about being blackmailed?

4. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Goring say is "never of any use to oneself"?

5. According to Mrs. Cheveley, what was considered excessively vulgar and middle class in the old days?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Sir Robert want to stay five more minutes at Goring's house in Act 3, Part 1?

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

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

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

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

7. What strange request does Goring make of Mabel regarding the brooch Mabel finds?

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

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

10. How does Sir Robert describe terror in Act 2, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Wilde chose the title An Ideal Husband for this play? To whom does the title refer? Does it refer to a character or to a system of beliefs, or perhaps both?

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

The central conflict in this play is not between Mrs. Cheveley and Sir Robert or Goring. Identify the central conflict of the play and how Wilde illustrates it in the play. What is the conflict? At what point in the play does Wilde make the conflict clear? How is it brought out and how is it finally resolved?

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