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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Lord Goring prefer pluck over genius?

2. Why does Mabel want Lady Chiltern to talk to Tommy Trafford?

3. Who does Mrs. Cheveley say has only two topics of conversation--his gout and his wife?

4. How does Goring reply when Caversham asks why he doesn't try to do something useful in life?

5. What does Mrs. Cheveley say one should never give a woman?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

When Goring finally proposes to Mabel she accepts even though the proposal didn't occur in quite the way she hoped it would. Why do you think Goring's proposal is finally satisfactory with her even though it didn't quite meet her expectations? What does her acceptance of this less than ideal proposal say about her change in attitude toward marriage and all its trappings?

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