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 does Lady Windemere turn down Lady Jedburgh's lunch invitation?

2. Who is Lady Windemere's first caller?

3. Lady Windemere threatens her husband with:

4. In Act 2 the audience learns:

5. The Duchess removes Agatha from earshot by:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Erlynne threaten to make her name infamous if Windemere reveals her identity?

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

3. Why does Windemere feel that Lady Windemere will cause the family shame if she insults Mrs. Erlynne publicly?

4. Why does Windemere say he wishes Mrs. Erlynne would have revealed her secret?

5. Why does Lady Windemere plan to accept Lord Darlington's declaration of love?

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

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 does Lady Plymdale claim Lord Windemere should not spend too much time talking to his wife?

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

OR

2) How do Lord Windemere and Lord Darlington function as character foils for one another?

OR

3) Are Lady Windemere and Mrs. Erlynne truly character foils? Why or why not?

(see the answer keys)

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