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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. 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.

7. What actions led to prosecution of homosexuals in England?
(a) The election of a more conservative government.
(b) Anti-homosexual protests and riots.
(c) Agitation by Oxford students to legitimize homosexuality.
(d) The scandalous case of the Marquis of Queensberry.

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

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

10. How was Oscar Wilde released from prison for the first time?
(a) He proved his innocence at trial.
(b) He raised money for bail among his friends.
(c) He escaped with two other prisoners.
(d) He arranged for the charges to be dismissed.

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

12. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?
(a) He had admitted to homosexuality, which was a crime.
(b) He had slandered the Marquis of Queensberry.
(c) He had committed adultery.
(d) He had published obscene books.

13. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?
(a) Wilde was pampered by prison guards.
(b) Wilde lost weight and got in shape.
(c) Wilde's health deteriorated rapidly.
(d) Wilde nearly died when his illness was not treated.

14. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?
(a) Berlin.
(b) Bad Homburg.
(c) Aix.
(d) Chamonix.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?

3. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?

4. How did Oscar Wilde describe Christ's life?

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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