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 is Lord Augustus worried about Mrs. Erlynne?

2. What does Mrs. Erlynne do with the letter?

3. Cecil Graham introduces Mrs. Erlynne to his aunt because:

4. Lady Windemere says that her husband broke the bonds of marriage, and she:

5. What is Darlington planning to do since Lady Windemere will not have him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Lord Augustus asked Lord Windemere about Mrs. Erlynne?

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

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

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

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

6. What concerns the Duchess about Hopper's proposal to her daughter?

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

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

9. What does Lady Windemere discover about the photograph of herself with her son, and why is it significant?

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 considers many societal rules as it progresses. Write an essay in which you:

1) Identify three societal rules apparent in Lady Windemere's Fan, and discuss their significance to the play.


2) Discuss Wilde's message about societal rules as the play progresses.


3) Identify three societal rules apparent in the play that are or are not still applicable today.

Be sure to use specific 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

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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