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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What did Oscar Wilde's lover do to change Wilde's mind before the first trial?
(a) He shed tears.
(b) He threatened Wilde with scandal.
(c) He blackmailed Wilde.
(d) He offered to give Wilde the help he needed.
2. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?
(a) He was arrested and taken to prison.
(b) He fled from London to Paris.
(c) He returned to Ireland.
(d) He traveled to America to lecture.
3. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?
(a) He was bored in his uninteresting surroundings.
(b) He was suicidal because of people's poisonous gossip.
(c) He was gleeful in his ability to exact revenge.
(d) He was humbled and grateful to be free.
4. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) A man lies about his background to marry a wealthy hieress.
(b) A man's painting ages, revealing his conscience to him.
(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.
5. Who is Lord Alfred Douglas?
(a) The father of Wilde's lover.
(b) Oscar Wilde's lawyer.
(c) Oscar Wilde's primary lover.
(d) Oscar Wilde's publisher.
6. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?
(a) It was banned after two performances.
(b) It was panned by the critics, but audiences loved it.
(c) It was not a hit, but it made him 100 pounds a week.
(d) It was a critical success, and it established Wilde's name as a playwright.
7. What play was Oscar Wilde writing in 1894?
(a) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(b) "Guido Ferranti."
(c) "Lady Windermere's Fan."
(d) "A Woman of No Importance."
8. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?
(a) Wilde's health deteriorated rapidly.
(b) Wilde nearly died when his illness was not treated.
(c) Wilde lost weight and got in shape.
(d) Wilde was pampered by prison guards.
9. What happened as a consequence of Oscar Wilde's move to Naples?
(a) He wrote his last great work.
(b) He was disinherited by his mother.
(c) He was imprisoned for homosexuality.
(d) He was restored to health and fame.
10. What was the possible maximum sentence for the crime Oscar Wilde was arrested for?
(a) Life imprisonment.
(b) Two years.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Five years.
11. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?
12. 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 noticed by some literary critics, but it did not sell in large numbers.
(d) It was not noticed until late in Wilde's life.
13. What was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) Supporters rushed to protect Wilde.
(b) Wilde's lover's father publicly apologized.
(c) People rejoiced at Wilde's fall.
(d) The court supported Wilde.
14. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?
(b) Bad Homburg.
15. 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) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.
(c) Oscar Wilde broke up with his lover before the authorities could gather any evidence against them.
(d) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.
Short Answer Questions
1. How was Oscar Wilde released from prison for the first time?
2. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?
3. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?
4. What actions led to prosecution of homosexuals in England?
5. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?
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