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. Why does Mrs. Erlynne want Windemere to stay out of the house?

2. What is probably true of Mrs. Erlynne's past?

3. Before Lady Windemere exits at the end of Act 1, she:

4. Why is Lord Augustus worried about Mrs. Erlynne?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Windemere call Mrs. Erlynne a dangerous woman?

2. How would Lady Windemere create a scandal for her husband?

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

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

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

6. What is Dumby's attitude about marriage?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Consider the development of character's motivations and attitudes over the course of the play. Write an essay in which you explore:

1) Lady Windemere as a dynamic character in the play, 2) Lady Windemere as a static character in the play, or 3) any two contrasting characters in the play, identifying one as static, the other as dynamic.

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