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. When Mrs. Erlynne reads her daughter's letter, she asks:

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

3. What does Lady Windemere decide after her husband exits with Mrs. Erlynne?

4. Lord Augustus is to call on Mrs. Erlynne in order to:

5. Lady Windemere's first name is:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Darlington plan to leave England?

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

3. What does Lady Windemere discover about the photograph of herself with her son, and why is it significant?

4. How does Lady Windemere describe her feelings now that she is at Darlington's house?

5. What does Mrs. Erlynne have to say about the fogs of London, and what does she mean?

6. What is Cecil Graham's attitude about women?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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