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 wants to be introduced to the women at the party so that:

2. Lady Plymdale wants her husband to meet Mrs. Erlynne so that:

3. What detail does Lady Windemere point out about the fan that is her birthday present?

4. What does Lord Windemere do when Lady Windemere refuses to invite Mrs. Erlynne to the ball?

5. What is occurring at the start of Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Mrs. Erlynne so upset about her daughter's letter?

4. Why, according to Mrs. Erlynne, should Lady Windemere stay with her husband no matter what she suffers?

5. Why does Mrs. Windemere want a photograph of Lady Windemere?

6. What reasons does the Duchess have for fearing or disliking Lady Erlynne?

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

8. How does Mrs. Erlynne know what Lady Windemere would face if she left her husband?

9. Why does Mrs. Erlynne ask Windemere for money?

10. Why might Lady Windemere announce that she is available to all visitors when Parker tells her Darlington has come to call?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wilde describes the setting of the play as "The Present." Write an essay in which you:

1) Explore Wilde's possible motivations for setting his play in the present, 2) Evaluate which of Wilde's motifs or themes are appropriate to the present as we know it, or 3) Identify a time period more appropriate to Wilde's play. Be sure to support your argument with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of Lady Windemere's Fan in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Discuss the significance of the fan to the development of plot in the play.


2) Discuss the significance of the fan to the development of theme in the play.


3) Discuss the significance of the fan to the relationship between Lady Windemere and Mrs. Erlynne.

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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