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. What nickname does Cecil Graham use for Augustus?

2. Before she leaves, Lady Windemere:

3. The Duchess removes Agatha from earshot by:

4. Lord Augustus describes Cecil Graham as:

5. The Duchess tells Lady Windemere that her husband will:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How would Lady Windemere create a scandal for her husband?

3. What does Mrs. Erlynne say Windemere probably wishes her to do?

4. Why does Darlington plan to leave England?

5. What is Lady Windemere's response to her husband's suggestion that evil has never entered her world?

6. What truth has Lady Windemere discovered about her husband and Mrs. Erlynne?

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

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

9. Why do the men appear to admire Mrs. Erlynne?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Consider the role of parenting in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Compare and contrast Lady Erlynne to the Duchess of Berwick in their roles as mothers.


2) Evaluate the efficacy of any parent in the play.


3) Consider Wilde's attitude toward the importance of parenting as it is developed throughout the play.

Use examples from the text to support your argument.

(see the answer keys)

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