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. What excuse did the Duchess use to get her husband out of town when she suspected he was having an affair?

2. Confronted by Lady Windemere, Lord Darlington claims:

3. Darlington warns Lady Windemere that it is a dangerous thing to:

4. Lady Windemere threatens her husband with:

5. The Duchess first heard the rumor about Lord Windemere from:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why do the men tease Augustus?

6. What has Lady Windmere discovered about good and bad people?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Which characters exhibit hypocrisy in the play? Write an essay in which you explore hypocrisy on the part of:

1) Lady Windemere, 2) Mrs. Erlynne, or 3) The Duchess of Berwick.

Or, write an essay in which you explore the hypocrisy in any male character's behavior.

(see the answer keys)

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