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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?
(a) 1894.
(b) 1895.
(c) 1893.
(d) 1892.

2. 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.

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

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

5. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?
(a) By congratulating himself in public.
(b) By his vulgar language.
(c) By asking for financial support.
(d) By insulting his friends.

6. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?
(a) Hard work with meager rations.
(b) Long talks with fellow prisoners.
(c) Long days writing.
(d) Solitary confinement and starvation rations.

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

8. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.
(b) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
(c) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.
(d) Not common at all, and Oscar Wilde was a pariah for being homosexual.

9. 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.

10. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?
(a) They loved it.
(b) They hated it.
(c) They did not understand it.
(d) They stopped seeing it after a few weeks.

11. What did Oscar Wilde say about disciples?
(a) Every man is a disciple of Christ.
(b) Life is an eternal discipleship.
(c) Every disciple is enslaved by his master.
(d) There are no disciples.

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

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

14. What play was Oscar Wilde writing in 1894?
(a) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(b) "Lady Windermere's Fan."
(c) "A Woman of No Importance."
(d) "Guido Ferranti."

15. 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."

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of Oscar Wilde's friends tried to discount Wilde's importance?

2. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?

3. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

4. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?

5. What did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?

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