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. Lord Darlington claims be pretends to be bad because if you pretend to be good:

2. The duchess believes that scandal in men:

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

4. Mrs. Erlynne claims that when men give up saying what is charming, they:

5. Lord Darlington calls Lady Windemere a:

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestion does the Duchess have for Lady Windemere's problem with her husband?

2. Why does Windemere feel that Lady Windemere will cause the family shame if she insults Mrs. Erlynne publicly?

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

4. What does Lady Windmere fear at the start of the scene?

5. On what condition is Lord Darlington allowed to attend the ball at the Windemeres'?

6. What does Lord Windemere wish his wife would give Mrs. Erlynne?

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

8. Why might Lady Windemere announce that she is available to all visitors when Parker tells her Darlington has come to call?

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

10. What does Mrs. Erlynne learn about her first husband through Lady Windemere?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the development of Wilde's plot over the course of the play. Then write an essay in which you:

1) Identify one of the acts as the most significant to the development of theme in the play.

OR

2) Identify one of the acts as the most significant to the development of characters in the play.

OR

3) Rank the four acts in order of general importance to the plot of the play.

Use examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the character of Lady Agatha in the play. Write an essay in which you discuss:

1) How Lady Agatha's character is revealed through dialogue, 2) How Lady Agatha's character is revealed through others' responses to her, or 3) How Lady Agatha's character is revealed through her interests as they are referred to by the Duchess of Berwick.

Essay Topic 3

Wilde describes the setting of the play as "The Present." Write an essay in which you:

1) Explore Wilde's possible motivations for setting his play in the present, 2) Evaluate which of Wilde's motifs or themes are appropriate to the present as we know it, or 3) Identify a time period more appropriate to Wilde's play. Be sure to support your argument with examples from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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