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 believes that every "good" woman in London would:

2. What does Mrs. Erlynne tell Lord Windemere about the letter he finds?

3. Lord Windemere claims that Lady Windemere's refusal to accept Mrs. Erlynne will:

4. What has occurred between Hopper and Agatha?

5. Why does Lady Windemere claim to be upset with Lord Darlington?

Short Essay Questions

1. What truth has Lady Windemere discovered about her husband and Mrs. Erlynne?

2. Why does Lady Windemere think her husband has arrived at Darlington's?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is the Duchess so interested in Lady Agatha's dance card?

9. What is Mrs. Erlynne's opinion of the party guests?

10. Why does Lady Windemere plan to accept Lord Darlington's declaration of love?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the development of character's motivations and attitudes over the course of the play. Write an essay in which you explore:

1) Lady Windemere as a dynamic character in the play, 2) Lady Windemere as a static character in the play, or 3) any two contrasting characters in the play, identifying one as static, the other as dynamic.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the motif of loyalty explored in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Define at least three characters as loyal or disloyal, 2) Explore Wilde's message about loyalty in the play, or 3) Explore one character's actions and describe them as either loyal or disloyal.

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