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. One might describe the Duchess' attitude about her husband's infidelity as:

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

3. What would make life simpler, in Lady Windemere's opinion?

4. Why does Lady Windemere turn down Lady Jedburgh's lunch invitation?

5. Lord Windemere claims that Lady Windemere's refusal to accept Mrs. Erlynne will:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do all the men assume about Mrs. Erlynne's presence in Darlington's rooms?

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

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

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

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

7. What do Mrs. Erlynne's exchanges with the male characters reveal about her character?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the development of Wilde's plot over the course of the play. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Identify one of the acts as the most significant to the development of theme in the play.


2) Identify one of the acts as the most significant to the development of characters in the play.


3) Rank the four acts in order of general importance to the plot of the play.

Use examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of character foils in Lady Windemere's Fan. Write an essay considering one of the following questions:

1) How do the character foils influence the events of the plot?


2) How do Lord Windemere and Lord Darlington function as character foils for one another?


3) Are Lady Windemere and Mrs. Erlynne truly character foils? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters in Wilde's play might be defined as selfless and selfish at different times. Write an essay in which you:

1) Define any character as essentially selfless or selfish in the play, 2) Determine Wilde's message about selfless and selfish behavior in the play, or 3) Compare and contrast any two characters in the play, identifying one as selfish and the other as selfless. Be sure to use the text to support your argument.

(see the answer keys)

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