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 doesn't Lord Windemere explain his reasons for spending time with Mrs. Erlynne?

2. If Mrs. Erlynne comes to her home, Lady Windemere claims she will:

3. What does Lady Windemere claim she will do with the fan her husband has given her as a birthday gift?

4. Why does Lady Windemere turn down Lady Jedburgh's lunch invitation?

5. Lady Agatha is:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the men appear to approve of Lord and Lady Windemere where Mrs. Erlynne is concerned?

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

4. Describe the relationship between Cecil Graham and Lord Augustus.

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

6. What does Mrs. Erlynne have to say about the fogs of London, and what does she mean?

7. Why does Darlington claim Lady Windemere is not what he thought her to be?

8. How does Lady Windemere describe her feelings now that she is at Darlington's house?

9. Why does Lady Windemere deny her love for her husband?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you discuss the significance of Lady Erlynne's "explanations" to:

1) the development of her character, 2) her relationship with Augustus, or 3) her relationship with her daughter over the course of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the marriages apparent in Lady Windemere's Fan.

1) Write an essay in which you compare the nature of any two marriages.

OR

2) Write an essay in which you define any marriage in the play as healthy or unhealthy.

OR

3) Write an essay in which you anticipate the success of Lady Erlynne's marriage to Augustus, or Lady Agatha's marriage to Hopper.

Be sure to use examples from the text to support your argument.

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.

(see the answer keys)

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