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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What landmark essay did Oscar Wilde publish in 1890?
(a) "Personal Impressions of America."
(b) "The Critic as Artist."
(c) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(d) "The House Beautiful."

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

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

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

5. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?
(a) He was arrested and taken to prison.
(b) He returned to Ireland.
(c) He traveled to America to lecture.
(d) He fled from London to Paris.

6. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?
(a) His finances.
(b) Executing his wife's parents' estate.
(c) The fate of his illegitimate children.
(d) His reunion with his lover.

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

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 threatened and cajoled Wilde into staying in touch.
(d) He promised to change and take care of Wilde better.

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

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

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

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

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

14. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?
(a) Imprisonment.
(b) Fines.
(c) Hanging.
(d) Flogging.

15. How did Oscar Wilde escape from being prosecuted for homosexuality?
(a) Oscar Wilde broke up with his lover before the authorities could gather any evidence against them.
(b) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.
(c) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.
(d) He struck a deal with the lead prosecutor to abstain from homosexual acts.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?

2. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

3. Where did Oscar Wilde go for homosexual sex?

4. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?

5. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?

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