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. Cecil Graham introduces Mrs. Erlynne to his aunt because:

2. Lord Augustus describes Cecil Graham as:

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

4. The Duchess flattery might be perceived as:

5. Lord Darlington tries to convince Lady Windemere that:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Darlington plan to leave England?

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

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

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

8. Why does Darlington pretend to be "bad?"

9. On what condition is Lord Darlington allowed to attend the ball at the Windemeres'?

10. Why is Mrs. Erlynne so upset about her daughter's letter?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider the motif of loyalty explored in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Define at least three characters as loyal or disloyal, 2) Explore Wilde's message about loyalty in the play, or 3) Explore one character's actions and describe them as either loyal or disloyal.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Consider what Wilde's characters reveal about society and its hypocrisy in Lady Windemere's Fan. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Identify any three acts of hypocrisy in the play, and connect them to societal norms or expectations, 2) Explore society's apparent attitude toward hypocrisy in the play, and compare it to society's hypocrisy now, or 3) Explain Wilde's emphasis on hypocrisy in the play, and determine how it contributes to his theme.

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