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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?
(a) It was celebrated for its open homosexuality.
(b) It was noticed by some literary critics, but it did not sell in large numbers.
(c) It was almost banned for homosexuality.
(d) It was not noticed until late in Wilde's life.
2. How did Oscar Wilde's first trial turn out?
(a) The trial bankrupted Wilde, but it made him famous.
(b) The trial caused Wilde to be expelled from the country.
(c) The trial allowed Wilde's lover's father to turn the tables and expose Wilde's homosexuality.
(d) The trial resulted in a victory for Wilde and vindication of his personality.
3. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) Not common at all, and Oscar Wilde was a pariah for being homosexual.
(b) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.
(c) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.
(d) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
4. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?
(a) "The Critic as Artist."
(b) "Guido Ferranti."
(c) "Lady Windermere's Fan."
(d) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
5. Oscar Wilde said that men resemble which celestial body?
6. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?
(a) As a crime against nature.
(b) As the perfection of love.
(c) As the ideal art.
(d) As the love that dare not speak its name.
7. What did Oscar Wilde write about his personal experience in prison?
(a) "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."
(c) Long, detailed letters to his lover.
(d) He describes his longing for his wife.
8. What happened as a consequence of Oscar Wilde's move to Naples?
(a) He was imprisoned for homosexuality.
(b) He was disinherited by his mother.
(c) He wrote his last great work.
(d) He was restored to health and fame.
9. How secretive was Oscar Wilde about his homosexuality after his children were born?
(a) He was a hypocrite, denouncing homosexuality in public, but practicing it in private.
(b) Not secretive at all.
(c) Highly secretive.
(d) Secretive in public, but open with friends.
10. What were prison conditions like at Reading jail?
11. 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 alienated his supporters with cruel wit.
(d) He taunted society with openly homosexual writings.
12. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) Harper's Bazaar.
(b) Women's World.
(d) Pall Mall Gazette.
13. Who is Lord Alfred Douglas?
(a) Oscar Wilde's lawyer.
(b) The father of Wilde's lover.
(c) Oscar Wilde's publisher.
(d) Oscar Wilde's primary lover.
14. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?
(a) Fleeing to Paris.
(b) Filing additional charges.
(c) Withdrawing the charges.
(d) Renouncing homosexuality.
15. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?
(a) He was suicidal because of people's poisonous gossip.
(b) He was humbled and grateful to be free.
(c) He was bored in his uninteresting surroundings.
(d) He was gleeful in his ability to exact revenge.
Short Answer Questions
1. What was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?
2. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?
3. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?
4. What is the name of the town where Oscar Wilde stayed after leaving Reading jail?
5. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?
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