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 Augustus is to call on Mrs. Erlynne in order to:

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

3. By the end of Act 2, most of the female characters:

4. Lady Agatha is:

5. Mrs. Erlynne claims to need help with introductions to the:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Lord Darlington suggest that Lady Windemere may need a friend some day?

3. How does Mrs. Erlynne know what Lady Windemere would face if she left her husband?

4. What is Cecil Graham's attitude about women?

5. Why does the Duchess claim to feel totally secure at the Windemeres' house?

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

7. Why did Lord Windemere give Mrs. Erlynne money, according to her?

8. Why has Lord Augustus asked Lord Windemere about Mrs. Erlynne?

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

10. Why do the men tease Augustus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which characters exhibit hypocrisy in the play? Write an essay in which you explore hypocrisy on the part of:

1) Lady Windemere, 2) Mrs. Erlynne, or 3) The Duchess of Berwick.

Or, write an essay in which you explore the hypocrisy in any male character's behavior.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Wilde's play considers many societal rules as it progresses. Write an essay in which you:

1) Identify three societal rules apparent in Lady Windemere's Fan, and discuss their significance to the play.


2) Discuss Wilde's message about societal rules as the play progresses.


3) Identify three societal rules apparent in the play that are or are not still applicable today.

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

(see the answer keys)

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