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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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.

7. To whom did the Marquis of Queensberry leave a large inheritance?
(a) Oscar Wilde.
(b) Lord Alfred Douglas.
(c) Robert Ross.
(d) Oscar Wilde's mother.

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

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

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

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

12. Who is Lord Alfred Douglas?
(a) Oscar Wilde's lawyer.
(b) Oscar Wilde's primary lover.
(c) Oscar Wilde's publisher.
(d) The father of Wilde's lover.

13. What did Oscar Wilde do in Naples?
(a) Write his last play.
(b) Die.
(c) Live with his lover.
(d) Write his memoirs.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

2. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?

3. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?

4. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?

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

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