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 Lord Darlington's objection to "good" people?

3. Who plans to be married to Mrs. Erlynne?

4. Darlington describes the upcoming ball as:

5. Lady Agatha is:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the men appear to admire Mrs. Erlynne?

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

3. Why do the men appear to approve of Lord and Lady Windemere where Mrs. Erlynne is concerned?

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

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

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

7. Why has Lord Augustus asked Lord Windemere about Mrs. Erlynne?

8. Why does the Duchess continually send her daughter out of earshot during this Act?

9. What is the Duchess' attitude about marital infidelity on the part of men?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you explore the nature of relationships in Wilde's play. Consider one of the following topics:

1) How do current couples compare in behavior and expectation to the couples in Wilde's play?


2) Have marriage relationships and expectations changed since Wilde's play was first published? Why or Why not?


3) How does the play reflect "present" attitudes about relationships between men and women in general?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the motif of loyalty explored in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Define at least three characters as loyal or disloyal, 2) Explore Wilde's message about loyalty in the play, or 3) Explore one character's actions and describe them as either loyal or disloyal.

Essay Topic 3

Wilde's play includes many supporting characters. Write an essay in which you:

1) Explain the significance of any supporting character to the development of Wilde's theme.


2) Rank three supporting characters in order of their relevance to plot development.


3) Explore the characterization of Cecil Graham, Lord Augustus, or Lady Plymdale, and explain the contribution the character makes to the events of the play.

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