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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Oscar Wilde's first play not produced?
(a) Because Oscar Wilde withdrew it under political pressure.
(b) Because the producers ran out of money.
(c) Because it dramatized an assassination attempt.
(d) Because Oscar Wilde's enemies poisoned the backers against him.

2. What did Oscar Wilde say the secret of life was at the end of his first American lecture?
(a) Art.
(b) Progress.
(c) Prosperity.
(d) Ethics.

3. Why does Oscar Wilde linger in America after he completes his lectures?
(a) To stay with a lover.
(b) To revise his lectures and write new material.
(c) To visit with one of his mentors who had moved to America.
(d) To pursue his interests in the theatre.

4. With which American writer does Oscar Wilde meet in Philadelphia while he is making his first set of American lectures?
(a) Nathaniel Hawthorne.
(b) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(c) Margaret Fuller.
(d) Walt Whitman.

5. When does Oscar Wilde graduate from Oxford?
(a) 1891.
(b) 1877.
(c) 1878.
(d) 1876.

6. What does Oxford University do for Oscar Wilde after his School's Examinations in 1878?
(a) Paid for his medical bills.
(b) Extended his Demyship for another year.
(c) Asked him to leave the school.
(d) Offered him a lecturership in aesthetics.

7. What was Oscar Wilde ill with late in his fourth year at Oxford?
(a) Flu.
(b) Gonorrhea.
(c) Tuberculosis.
(d) Syphilis.

8. Where does Oscar Wilde first publish?
(a) The Dublin University Magazine.
(b) The Frankfurt Times.
(c) The Irish Times.
(d) The Oxford Review.

9. Which feat did Oscar Wilde claim to be capable of?
(a) Reading facing pages at the same time.
(b) Memorizing the Iliad.
(c) Memorizing all the elements on the periodic table.
(d) Beating his teachers at chess.

10. With whom does Oscar Wilde move in when he goes to Paris?
(a) Rennell Rodd.
(b) Marie Prescott.
(c) Archibald Forbes.
(d) Robert Harborough Sherard.

11. What is the outcome of Oscar Wilde's travels and lectures in America?
(a) Oscar Wilde's name had become a household word.
(b) Americans successfully repudiated Oscar Wilde's aesthetic theories.
(c) Oscar Wilde established himself as one of Britain's best artists.
(d) Oscar Wilde was embraced by west coast intellectuals.

12. How well had Oscar Wilde's studies prepared him for Oxford?
(a) He was so well prepared that he skipped several courses.
(b) He was on the same level as the rest of the students.
(c) He was far behind the other students and had to catch up.
(d) He was very well prepared and found the work boring.

13. How does Oscar Wilde resolve the conflict between progress and authority in his reading?
(a) He adhered to social conventions.
(b) He resisted conforming to convention.
(c) He located the seat of moral reasoning in the individual.
(d) He invented his own morality.

14. What religion is Oscar Wilde baptized into the second time?
(a) Catholicism.
(b) Anglicanism.
(c) Calvinism.
(d) Protestantism.

15. How does Oscar Wilde return to England from America?
(a) In poverty.
(b) Rich with American dollars.
(c) On his own boat.
(d) With fame, but little money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the man who attacked Oscar Wilde mercilessly during his American lectures?

2. Who is Oscar Wilde's primary love interest at Oxford?

3. In what year was Oscar Wilde born?

4. When does Oscar Wilde achieve fame?

5. What does Oscar Wilde do at Marie Prescott's request?

(see the answer keys)

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