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

2. What favor does Mrs. Erlynne ask of Augustus?

3. What does Lord Windemere do when Lady Windemere refuses to invite Mrs. Erlynne to the ball?

4. Lady Windemere says she believes:

5. How does Mrs. Erlynne find the letter Lady Windemere left behind?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Windemere say he wishes Mrs. Erlynne would have revealed her secret?

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

3. Why do the men tease Augustus?

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

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

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

7. Describe the relationship between the Duchess and her daughter Agatha.

8. What does Augustus reveal when he re-enters?

9. What do all the men assume about Mrs. Erlynne's presence in Darlington's rooms?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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

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?

(see the answer keys)

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