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. What task is Lady Windemere performing as she speaks to Lord Darlington?

2. Confronted by Lady Windemere, Lord Darlington claims:

3. Mrs. Erlynne fears that:

4. Why doesn't Lord Windemere want to talk to Mrs. Erlynne about money at the ball?

5. Lady Windemere threatens her husband with:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What concerns the Duchess about Hopper's proposal to her daughter?

3. Why does Lady Plymdale claim Lord Windemere should not spend too much time talking to his wife?

4. Describe the relationship between the Duchess and her daughter Agatha.

5. What do Dumby's opening remarks reveal about his character?

6. Why do the men tease Augustus?

7. What do Mrs. Erlynne's exchanges with the male characters reveal about her character?

8. Why does Lord Darlington suggest that Lady Windemere may need a friend some day?

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

10. Why does Lord Darlington claim he talks trivially?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the character of Lady Agatha in the play. Write an essay in which you discuss:

1) How Lady Agatha's character is revealed through dialogue, 2) How Lady Agatha's character is revealed through others' responses to her, or 3) How Lady Agatha's character is revealed through her interests as they are referred to by the Duchess of Berwick.

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.

OR

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

OR

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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