An Ideal Husband Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Lady Chiltern write a letter to Goring?

2. What reason does Goring give for never having a serious conversation after seven?

3. According to Caversham, what does <i>The Times</i> say about Robert following his speech?

4. What does Mabel tell Lady Chiltern is very unbecoming on Goring?

5. Why doesn't Goring like to know what people are saying behind his back?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Mrs. Cheveley is clearly the antagonist of this play; however, the protagonist of the play isn't quite as clear since there are really three characters who undergo significant transformation through the course of the play. Identify who these three characters are and discuss the transformation each of them goes through. Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

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