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 Lady Windemere exits at the end of Act 1, she:

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

3. The Duchess carefully edits:

4. Lord Darlington tries to convince Lady Windemere that:

5. Lady Windemere claims she never:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lord Windemere insist that Mrs. Erlynne receive an invitation to the ball?

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

3. What is Cecil Graham's attitude about women?

4. What does Mrs. Erlynne have to say about the fogs of London, and what does she mean?

5. What does the Windemere's conversation about men and women reveal about Lady Windemere's opinion of men?

6. Why do the men tease Augustus?

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

8. What reasons does the Duchess have for fearing or disliking Lady Erlynne?

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

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

Consider the role of Lady Windemere's Fan in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Discuss the significance of the fan to the development of plot in the play.


2) Discuss the significance of the fan to the development of theme in the play.


3) Discuss the significance of the fan to the relationship between Lady Windemere and Mrs. Erlynne.

Essay Topic 2

What gender roles are apparent in Wilde's play? Write an essay in which you explore:

1) Typical roles for women as they appear in the play, 2) Typical roles for men in the play, or 3) Typical expectations for married couples' behavior in the play.

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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