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. Before she leaves, Lady Windemere:

2. Lady Windemere:

3. The Duchess describes Mrs. Erlynne as:

4. Lady Windemere says that her husband broke the bonds of marriage, and she:

5. The dance at Lady Windemere's home is in honor of:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Mrs. Erlynne ask Windemere for money?

5. Why does Mrs. Erlynne threaten to make her name infamous if Windemere reveals her identity?

6. What does Mrs. Erlynne learn about her first husband through Lady Windemere?

7. Why does Darlington claim Lady Windemere is not what he thought her to be?

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

9. Describe the relationship between Cecil Graham and Lord Augustus.

10. What do Dumby's opening remarks reveal about his character?

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 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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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