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

2. Who overhears the discussion between Windemere and Mrs. Erlynne?

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

4. Lady Agatha is:

5. Where does Act 1 take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What concerns the Duchess about Hopper's proposal to her daughter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the development of character's motivations and attitudes over the course of the play. Write an essay in which you explore:

1) Lady Windemere as a dynamic character in the play, 2) Lady Windemere as a static character in the play, or 3) any two contrasting characters in the play, identifying one as static, the other as dynamic.

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

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.

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