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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?
(a) The Marquis of Queensberry.
(b) The Earl of Kent.
(c) The Duke of Gloucester.
(d) Bishop Manning.

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

9. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?
(a) He was gleeful in his ability to exact revenge.
(b) He was suicidal because of people's poisonous gossip.
(c) He was bored in his uninteresting surroundings.
(d) He was humbled and grateful to be free.

10. 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) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.
(d) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.

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

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

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

14. What was the possible maximum sentence for the crime Oscar Wilde was arrested for?
(a) Five years.
(b) Life imprisonment.
(c) Two years.
(d) Ten years.

15. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's view of human nature?
(a) He saw people's limitations as prison-like.
(b) He learned that violence is more powerful than wit.
(c) He learned to appreciate acts of cruelty.
(d) He lost his compassion for human suffering.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Oscar Wilde go for homosexual sex?

2. What is the name of the play Oscar Wilde wrote upon leaving Reading Gaol?

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

4. What did Oscar Wilde do in Naples?

5. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?

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