Lady Windermere's Fan Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Mr. Hopper is from:

2. Lord Augustus is to call on Mrs. Erlynne in order to:

3. How does Lord Windemere discover the letter his wife has written?

4. Lady Windemere does not approve of Darlington's flattery because she believes he is:

5. What does Mrs. Erlynne discover in the letter Lady Windemere leaves for her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lady Windemere deny her love for her husband?

2. How does Lady Windemere describe her feelings now that she is at Darlington's house?

3. Why do the men tease Augustus?

4. What is the Duchess' attitude about marital infidelity on the part of men?

5. Describe the Duchess of Berwick's character.

6. Describe the relationship between Cecil Graham and Lord Augustus.

7. What does Mrs. Erlynne learn about her first husband through Lady Windemere?

8. Why does Windemere feel that Lady Windemere will cause the family shame if she insults Mrs. Erlynne publicly?

9. How is Mrs. Erlynne able to control Lord Windemere?

10. Why does Lady Windemere think her husband has arrived at Darlington's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What gender roles are apparent in Wilde's play? Write an essay in which you explore:

1) Typical roles for women as they appear in the play, 2) Typical roles for men in the play, or 3) Typical expectations for married couples' behavior in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider what Wilde's characters reveal about society and its hypocrisy in Lady Windemere's Fan. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Identify any three acts of hypocrisy in the play, and connect them to societal norms or expectations, 2) Explore society's apparent attitude toward hypocrisy in the play, and compare it to society's hypocrisy now, or 3) Explain Wilde's emphasis on hypocrisy in the play, and determine how it contributes to his theme.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the role gossip plays in the development of plot in Lady Windemere's Fan. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Discuss the significance of gossip to the events of the four acts, 2) Explore Wilde's message about gossip, referring to specific incidents in the play, or 3) Identify three examples of gossip in the play that directly relate to the development of the plot.

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