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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Oscar Wilde encourage Lillie Langtry to do?
(a) Move to Paris.
(b) Divorce her husband.
(c) Become an actress.
(d) Become his lover.

2. What was Oscar Wilde's reaction to the attacks that were made on him?
(a) He responded with vitriolic wit.
(b) He appealed to Bishop Manning for help.
(c) He skipped his Baltimore speaking engagement.
(d) He sued his attackers for slander.

3. Where does Oscar Wilde give his first lecture in America?
(a) Buell Hall.
(b) Chickering Hall.
(c) Dickinson Hall.
(d) Broadway Theatre.

4. What was Oscar Wilde's greatest challenge when he matriculated at Oxford?
(a) To hide his homosexuality.
(b) To lose his Irish accent.
(c) To publish in a literary review.
(d) To finish at the top of his class.

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

6. What kind of run does "Vera" have in America?
(a) Unspectacular, but moderately successful.
(b) Long and successful.
(c) Short and disappointing.
(d) Short but meteoric.

7. What was Oscar Wilde interested in in school?
(a) Mechanical engineering.
(b) Greek culture.
(c) Religion.
(d) Medicine.

8. Whom does Oscar Wilde marry?
(a) Sarah Bernhardt.
(b) Marie Prescott.
(c) Constance Lloyd.
(d) Lillie Langtry.

9. Why does Oscar Wilde resist converting to Catholicism?
(a) He was afraid of being written out of his father's will.
(b) He did not know enough about Catholicism yet.
(c) He distrusted Catholic priests.
(d) He was afraid of eternal damnation.

10. How does Oscar Wilde resolve the opposition between Ruskin and Pater?
(a) He sided with Pater.
(b) He synthesized a new aesthetic ethics.
(c) He resolved to remain neutral.
(d) He sided with Ruskin.

11. What does Ellman give as a possible reason for Wilde's dislike for sports?
(a) Wilde was trampled in a soccer game.
(b) Wilde broke his arm twice.
(c) Wilde was bullied by older boys.
(d) Wilde had an early childhood disease which deformed him.

12. What defines Oscar Wilde's style?
(a) Conservative views.
(b) Epigrammatic wit.
(c) Perverse humor.
(d) Exotic pets.

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

14. Why did Oscar Wilde need a special dispensation to join the group he joined in 1875?
(a) He was under twenty-one.
(b) He was Protestant.
(c) He was Irish.
(d) He was Catholic.

15. What disruption took place during Oscar Wilde's Harvard lecture?
(a) Unruly students rode horses through the lecture hall.
(b) Sixty students lampooned his style.
(c) Oscar Wilde was chased off the stage by angry students.
(d) A fight broke out between aestheticians.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the journal in which Oscar Wilde published a poem about a boy?

2. What is Oscar Wilde's father's name?

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

4. When does Oscar Wilde marry?

5. Where does Oscar Wilde first publish?

(see the answer keys)

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