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 Lady Windemere claim she will do with the fan her husband has given her as a birthday gift?

2. Why doesn't Lord Windemere explain his reasons for spending time with Mrs. Erlynne?

3. Lady Windemere claims she never:

4. Lord Darlington claims he can resist everything but:

5. What detail does Lady Windemere point out about the fan that is her birthday present?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Lord Windemere insist that Mrs. Erlynne receive an invitation to the ball?

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

4. Why does Lord Darlington claim he talks trivially?

5. Why does Lady Windemere plan to accept Lord Darlington's declaration of love?

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

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

8. Why do the men tease Augustus?

9. Why does Darlington plan to leave England?

10. What does Lady Windmere fear at the start of the scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.


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


3) Discuss the significance of the fan to the relationship between Lady Windemere and Mrs. Erlynne.

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

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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