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 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.


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


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

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?

Essay Topic 3

What gender roles are apparent in Wilde's play? Write an essay in which you explore:

1) Typical roles for women as they appear in the play, 2) Typical roles for men in the play, or 3) Typical expectations for married couples' behavior in the play.

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