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. Lady Windemere claims she never:

2. What does Mrs. Erlynne do with the letter?

3. The Duchess plans to thwart:

4. Mrs. Erlynne claims that when men give up saying what is charming, they:

5. Lady Windemere claims she cannot run away with Darlington because:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Dumby's attitude about marriage?

3. What is Mrs. Erlynne's opinion of the party guests?

4. Why does Lord Darlington claim he talks trivially?

5. What does Augustus reveal when he re-enters?

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

7. Describe the Duchess of Berwick's character.

8. What does Lady Windmere fear at the start of the scene?

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

10. Why does Lady Windemere deny her love for her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the motif of "good" and "bad" in Wilde's play, write an essay in which you discuss:

1) Which characters are "good" or "bad" women, 2) Which characters are "good" or "bad" men, or 3) Which characters cannot be do not qualify as either "good" or "bad."

Essay Topic 2

Wilde's play includes many supporting characters. Write an essay in which you:

1) Explain the significance of any supporting character to the development of Wilde's theme.


2) Rank three supporting characters in order of their relevance to plot development.


3) Explore the characterization of Cecil Graham, Lord Augustus, or Lady Plymdale, and explain the contribution the character makes to the events of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the role gossip plays in the development of plot in Lady Windemere's Fan. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Discuss the significance of gossip to the events of the four acts, 2) Explore Wilde's message about gossip, referring to specific incidents in the play, or 3) Identify three examples of gossip in the play that directly relate to the development of the plot.

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