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. Lady Windemere claims she never:

2. Where does Act 1 take place?

3. What is occurring at the start of Act 2?

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

5. In Act 2 the audience learns:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Windemere call Mrs. Erlynne a dangerous woman?

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

5. What is Dumby's attitude about marriage?

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

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

8. What repayment can Lady Windemere offer Mrs. Erlynne for her sacrifice of the previous evening?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the development of Wilde's plot over the course of the play. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Identify one of the acts as the most significant to the development of theme in the play.


2) Identify one of the acts as the most significant to the development of characters in the play.


3) Rank the four acts in order of general importance to the plot of the play.

Use examples from the text to support your argument.

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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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