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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Oscar Wilde's relationship with Major Nelson?
(a) Nelson was the judge who sentenced Wilde to prison.
(b) Nelson was the first publisher to print Wilde's plays.
(c) Nelson was Wilde's lover.
(d) Nelson was a warden who came to like Wilde.

2. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) Wilde had sued his lover's father for libel.
(b) Wilde was caught performing a homosexual sex act.
(c) Wilde was sued for sodomy.
(d) Wilde was sued for his writing's obscenity.

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

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

5. What privilege does Oscar Wilde eventually obtain in prison?
(a) Freedom to spend his days writing.
(b) Eating meals with the prison officers.
(c) Ordering books for the prison library.
(d) Exemption from work detail.

6. How did Oscar Wilde protect himself from the cruelty of those around him?
(a) Wit and irony.
(b) Violent public attacks.
(c) He satirized them in his work.
(d) He took solace in his faith.

7. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?
(a) It was panned by the critics, but audiences loved it.
(b) It was banned after two performances.
(c) It was a critical success, and it established Wilde's name as a playwright.
(d) It was not a hit, but it made him 100 pounds a week.

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

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

10. What is the name of the play Oscar Wilde wrote upon leaving Reading Gaol?
(a) "Vera."
(b) "A Woman of No Importance."
(c) "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."
(d) "Constance."

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

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

13. When was Oscar Wilde first released from prison?
(a) 1893.
(b) 1895.
(c) 1889.
(d) 1891.

14. How did Oscar Wilde set the stage for his own prosecution?
(a) He taunted society with openly homosexual writings.
(b) He was seen having sex in public.
(c) He enraged his lover's father.
(d) He alienated his supporters with cruel wit.

15. 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) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.
(d) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?

2. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?

3. To whom did the Marquis of Queensberry leave a large inheritance?

4. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?

5. What did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?

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