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. Before she leaves, Lady Windemere:

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

3. Lady Agatha is:

4. Augustus is:

5. The Duchess carefully edits:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Lady Erlynne's plan for "saving" her daughter at the end of Act 2?

4. Why does Lady Windemere warn Darlington about his flattering statements?

5. What do Mrs. Erlynne's exchanges with the male characters reveal about her character?

6. Describe the Duchess of Berwick's character.

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

8. Why did Lord Windemere give Mrs. Erlynne money, according to her?

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

10. Why does Mrs. Erlynne ask Windemere for money?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay in which you discuss the significance of Lady Erlynne's "explanations" to:

1) the development of her character, 2) her relationship with Augustus, or 3) her relationship with her daughter over the course of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Wilde describes the setting of the play as "The Present." Write an essay in which you:

1) Explore Wilde's possible motivations for setting his play in the present, 2) Evaluate which of Wilde's motifs or themes are appropriate to the present as we know it, or 3) Identify a time period more appropriate to Wilde's play. Be sure to support your argument with examples from the text.

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