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 does Mrs. Erlynne do with the letter?

2. Lord Windemere fears he cannot share Lady Erlynne's real identity with his wife because:

3. Lady Windemere claims she cannot run away with Darlington because:

4. Lady Windemere believes she lives in a "bad" age because:

5. Darlington describes the upcoming ball as:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Lady Windemere's response to her husband's suggestion that evil has never entered her world?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mrs. Erlynne say Windemere probably wishes her to do?

7. What does Lord Windemere wish his wife would give Mrs. Erlynne?

8. What does the Windemere's conversation about men and women reveal about Lady Windemere's opinion of men?

9. Why does Mrs. Erlynne threaten to make her name infamous if Windemere reveals her identity?

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

Essay 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

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 3

Wilde's play considers many societal rules as it progresses. Write an essay in which you:

1) Identify three societal rules apparent in Lady Windemere's Fan, and discuss their significance to the play.


2) Discuss Wilde's message about societal rules as the play progresses.


3) Identify three societal rules apparent in the play that are or are not still applicable today.

Be sure to use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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