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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) A man's painting ages, revealing his conscience to him.
(b) An actor dies on stage, but wins eternal fame.
(c) An artist sells his soul to the devil in order to be great in his own times.
(d) A man lies about his background to marry a wealthy hieress.

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

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

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

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

9. What was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) Wilde's lover's father publicly apologized.
(b) People rejoiced at Wilde's fall.
(c) The court supported Wilde.
(d) Supporters rushed to protect Wilde.

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

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

12. Where did Oscar Wilde go for homosexual sex?
(a) The quays.
(b) Hotels.
(c) The parks in London.
(d) His home.

13. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?
(a) It was banned after two performances.
(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 not a hit, but it made him 100 pounds a week.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde's first trial turn out?

2. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?

3. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?

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

5. How did Oscar Wilde set the stage for his own prosecution?

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