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. The Duchess plans to thwart:

2. Why does Mrs. Erlynne want Windemere to stay out of the house?

3. What is Lord Darlington's objection to "good" people?

4. Darlington describes the upcoming ball as:

5. Lady Plymdale wants her husband to meet Mrs. Erlynne so that:

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mrs. Erlynne able to control Lord Windemere?

2. What suggestion does the Duchess have for Lady Windemere's problem with her husband?

3. Why does the Duchess continually send her daughter out of earshot during this Act?

4. Why does Mrs. Windemere want a photograph of Lady Windemere?

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

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

7. How does Mrs. Erlynne know what Lady Windemere would face if she left her husband?

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

9. Why do the men tease Augustus?

10. What does the Windemere's conversation about men and women reveal about Lady Windemere's opinion of men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

OR

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

OR

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.

(see the answer keys)

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