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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?
(a) It was celebrated for its open homosexuality.
(b) It was almost banned for homosexuality.
(c) It was not noticed until late in Wilde's life.
(d) It was noticed by some literary critics, but it did not sell in large numbers.

5. How did Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?
(a) He threatened and cajoled Wilde into staying in touch.
(b) He blackmailed Wilde.
(c) He used extreme behavior to manipulate Wilde.
(d) He promised to change and take care of Wilde better.

6. Why was "Salome" not performed?
(a) Oscar Wilde had differences of opinion with his director.
(b) The play was banned for obscenity.
(c) Bible stories were banned from the stage by British law.
(d) The theatre could not come up with money for a production.

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

8. What did Oscar Wilde's lover do to change Wilde's mind before the first trial?
(a) He blackmailed Wilde.
(b) He shed tears.
(c) He threatened Wilde with scandal.
(d) He offered to give Wilde the help he needed.

9. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?
(a) 1894.
(b) 1895.
(c) 1892.
(d) 1893.

10. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?
(a) By his vulgar language.
(b) By insulting his friends.
(c) By congratulating himself in public.
(d) By asking for financial support.

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

12. How much did Oscar Wilde earn from the production of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?
(a) 3,000 poounds.
(b) 1,200 pounds.
(c) 5,000 pounds.
(d) 7,000 pounds.

13. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?
(a) Renouncing homosexuality.
(b) Filing additional charges.
(c) Fleeing to Paris.
(d) Withdrawing the charges.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What play was Oscar Wilde writing in 1894?

2. Where did Oscar Wilde travel after he was released from Reading jail?

3. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's view of human nature?

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

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

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