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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Oscar Wilde write about his personal experience in prison?
(a) Nothing.
(b) "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."
(c) Long, detailed letters to his lover.
(d) He describes his longing for his wife.

2. Where did Oscar Wilde travel after he was released from Reading jail?
(a) America.
(b) Ireland.
(c) Germany.
(d) France.

3. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?
(a) Imprisonment.
(b) Hanging.
(c) Fines.
(d) Flogging.

4. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) Not common at all, and Oscar Wilde was a pariah for being homosexual.
(b) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.
(c) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
(d) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.

5. To whom did the Marquis of Queensberry leave a large inheritance?
(a) Oscar Wilde.
(b) Robert Ross.
(c) Oscar Wilde's mother.
(d) Lord Alfred Douglas.

6. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?
(a) His reunion with his lover.
(b) His finances.
(c) Executing his wife's parents' estate.
(d) The fate of his illegitimate children.

7. What is the name of the town where Oscar Wilde stayed after leaving Reading jail?
(a) Nancy.
(b) Dieppe.
(c) Bernaval.
(d) Chamonix.

8. Who is the central character in Oscar Wilde's play "Salome"?
(a) Salome.
(b) Herod.
(c) John the Baptist.
(d) Christ.

9. Where did Oscar Wilde go for homosexual sex?
(a) His home.
(b) The quays.
(c) Hotels.
(d) The parks in London.

10. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?
(a) He had published obscene books.
(b) He had slandered the Marquis of Queensberry.
(c) He had admitted to homosexuality, which was a crime.
(d) He had committed adultery.

11. What was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) The court supported Wilde.
(b) People rejoiced at Wilde's fall.
(c) Wilde's lover's father publicly apologized.
(d) Supporters rushed to protect Wilde.

12. How did Oscar Wilde's first trial turn out?
(a) The trial bankrupted Wilde, but it made him famous.
(b) The trial allowed Wilde's lover's father to turn the tables and expose Wilde's homosexuality.
(c) The trial resulted in a victory for Wilde and vindication of his personality.
(d) The trial caused Wilde to be expelled from the country.

13. When did Oscar Wilde return to Paris?
(a) 1890.
(b) 1889.
(c) 1891.
(d) 1888.

14. How did Oscar Wilde escape from being prosecuted for homosexuality?
(a) He struck a deal with the lead prosecutor to abstain from homosexual acts.
(b) Oscar Wilde broke up with his lover before the authorities could gather any evidence against them.
(c) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.
(d) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.

15. What play was Oscar Wilde writing in 1894?
(a) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(b) "A Woman of No Importance."
(c) "Guido Ferranti."
(d) "Lady Windermere's Fan."

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of Oscar Wilde's friends tried to discount Wilde's importance?

2. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?

3. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?

4. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?

5. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?

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