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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde set the stage for his own prosecution?
(a) He was seen having sex in public.
(b) He enraged his lover's father.
(c) He taunted society with openly homosexual writings.
(d) He alienated his supporters with cruel wit.

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

3. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?
(a) It was noticed by some literary critics, but it did not sell in large numbers.
(b) It was almost banned for homosexuality.
(c) It was celebrated for its open homosexuality.
(d) It was not noticed until late in Wilde's life.

4. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?
(a) A mob of prisoners were beaten by guards.
(b) Prisoners were executed for rioting.
(c) A soldier went insane after a flogging.
(d) One prisoner beat another prisoner to death.

5. How secretive was Oscar Wilde about his homosexuality after his children were born?
(a) Not secretive at all.
(b) He was a hypocrite, denouncing homosexuality in public, but practicing it in private.
(c) Highly secretive.
(d) Secretive in public, but open with friends.

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Oscar Wilde said that men resemble which celestial body?
(a) Meteors.
(b) Stars.
(c) Moons.
(d) Suns.

12. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?
(a) Withdrawing the charges.
(b) Fleeing to Paris.
(c) Renouncing homosexuality.
(d) Filing additional charges.

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

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

15. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?
(a) As a corrupter of youth.
(b) As a hero.
(c) As a victim.
(d) As an elitist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?

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

3. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?

4. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?

5. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

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