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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were prison conditions like at Reading jail?
(a) Comfortable.
(b) Harsh.
(c) Unbearable.
(d) Destitute.

2. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?
(a) He began to lose his memory.
(b) His health declined.
(c) He became ill and did not have the strength to write.
(d) He had headaches that blinded him.

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

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

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

6. What did Oscar Wilde do in Naples?
(a) Die.
(b) Live with his lover.
(c) Write his last play.
(d) Write his memoirs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?
(a) He introduced Wilde to willing supporters.
(b) He gave Wilde money for food.
(c) He persuaded Wilde's mother to reinstate Wilde's allowance.
(d) He published Wilde's last work.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When was Oscar Wilde first released from prison?

3. How did Oscar Wilde set the stage for his own prosecution?

4. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?

5. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?

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