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. Mrs. Erlynne claims that when men give up saying what is charming, they:

2. Because she does not insult Mrs. Erlynne, Lady Windemere considers herself a:

3. What is Darlington planning to do since Lady Windemere will not have him?

4. Confronted by Lady Windemere, Lord Darlington claims:

5. The Duchess removes Agatha from earshot by:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Darlington plan to leave England?

2. What does Augustus reveal when he re-enters?

3. Why do the men appear to admire Mrs. Erlynne?

4. Why does Darlington pretend to be "bad?"

5. Why does Lord Darlington claim he talks trivially?

6. Why does Windemere say he wishes Mrs. Erlynne would have revealed her secret?

7. How is Mrs. Erlynne a "useful" woman, as Lady Plymdale claims?

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

9. What does Lady Windmere fear at the start of the scene?

10. What do all the men assume about Mrs. Erlynne's presence in Darlington's rooms?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Lord Darlington's statement that "[he] can resist anything but temptation." Write an essay in which you explore:

1) the statement's significance to the characterization of Lord Darlington

2) The statement's effect on Lady Windemere and her later actions

3) The statement's relevance to the events of the message of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the motif of "good" and "bad" in Wilde's play, write an essay in which you discuss:

1) Which characters are "good" or "bad" women, 2) Which characters are "good" or "bad" men, or 3) Which characters cannot be do not qualify as either "good" or "bad."

Essay Topic 3

Which characters exhibit hypocrisy in the play? Write an essay in which you explore hypocrisy on the part of:

1) Lady Windemere, 2) Mrs. Erlynne, or 3) The Duchess of Berwick.

Or, write an essay in which you explore the hypocrisy in any male character's behavior.

(see the answer keys)

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