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 Lord Darlington learns it is Lady Windemere's birthday, he says:

2. Mrs. Erlynne claims to need help with introductions to the:

3. What does Lady Windemere believe about women who have committed adultery?

4. What task is Lady Windemere performing as she speaks to Lord Darlington?

5. Lady Windemere believes that every "good" woman in London would:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the Duchess of Berwick's character.

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

5. Why does Lord Darlington claim he talks trivially?

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

7. Why does the Duchess claim to feel totally secure at the Windemeres' house?

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

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

10. Why is Mrs. Erlynne so upset about her daughter's letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Consider the role of parenting in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Compare and contrast Lady Erlynne to the Duchess of Berwick in their roles as mothers.


2) Evaluate the efficacy of any parent in the play.


3) Consider Wilde's attitude toward the importance of parenting as it is developed throughout the play.

Use examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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?

(see the answer keys)

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