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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of Oscar Wilde's friends tried to discount Wilde's importance?
(a) Robert Harborough Sherard.
(b) Marie Prescott.
(c) Rennell Rodd.
(d) James McNeill Whistler.

3. Who is Lord Alfred Douglas?
(a) Oscar Wilde's primary lover.
(b) Oscar Wilde's publisher.
(c) Oscar Wilde's lawyer.
(d) The father of Wilde's lover.

4. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?
(a) "The Critic as Artist."
(b) "Guido Ferranti."
(c) "Lady Windermere's Fan."
(d) "The Importance of Being Earnest."

5. In which prison was Oscar Wilde first imprisoned?
(a) Holloway.
(b) Reading.
(c) Pentonville.
(d) Wandsworth.

6. What did Oscar Wilde say about disciples?
(a) Life is an eternal discipleship.
(b) Every disciple is enslaved by his master.
(c) There are no disciples.
(d) Every man is a disciple of Christ.

7. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) Pall Mall Gazette.
(b) Lippincott's.
(c) Harper's Bazaar.
(d) Women's World.

8. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?
(a) As a corrupter of youth.
(b) As a hero.
(c) As a victim.
(d) As an elitist.

9. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) A man's painting ages, revealing his conscience to him.
(b) A man lies about his background to marry a wealthy hieress.
(c) An artist sells his soul to the devil in order to be great in his own times.
(d) An actor dies on stage, but wins eternal fame.

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

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

12. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?
(a) They hated it.
(b) They stopped seeing it after a few weeks.
(c) They did not understand it.
(d) They loved it.

13. What was the cause of Oscar Wilde's death?
(a) Heart troubles from hard labor in prison.
(b) Old age.
(c) A fight over his honor.
(d) Infections from syphilis.

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

15. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?
(a) A soldier went insane after a flogging.
(b) Prisoners were executed for rioting.
(c) One prisoner beat another prisoner to death.
(d) A mob of prisoners were beaten by guards.

Short Answer Questions

1. What privilege does Oscar Wilde eventually obtain in prison?

2. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?

3. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?

4. Why was "Salome" not performed?

5. What is the name of the town where Oscar Wilde stayed after leaving Reading jail?

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