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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?
(a) He was gleeful in his ability to exact revenge.
(b) He was bored in his uninteresting surroundings.
(c) He was suicidal because of people's poisonous gossip.
(d) He was humbled and grateful to be free.

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

3. Who is Colonel Isaacson?
(a) A friend of Oscar Wilde's in London.
(b) Oscar Wilde's lover.
(c) A strict disciplinarian at Reading jail.
(d) Oscar Wilde's barrister.

4. What was Oscar Wilde's clothing like in prison?
(a) Dapper.
(b) Flamboyant.
(c) Coarse.
(d) Drab.

5. What happened as a consequence of Oscar Wilde's move to Naples?
(a) He was disinherited by his mother.
(b) He was restored to health and fame.
(c) He wrote his last great work.
(d) He was imprisoned for homosexuality.

6. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?
(a) As the ideal art.
(b) As the perfection of love.
(c) As a crime against nature.
(d) As the love that dare not speak its name.

7. Which of Oscar Wilde's friends tried to discount Wilde's importance?
(a) Marie Prescott.
(b) Rennell Rodd.
(c) James McNeill Whistler.
(d) Robert Harborough Sherard.

8. In which prison was Oscar Wilde first imprisoned?
(a) Wandsworth.
(b) Pentonville.
(c) Holloway.
(d) Reading.

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

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

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

12. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) Women's World.
(b) Lippincott's.
(c) Pall Mall Gazette.
(d) Harper's Bazaar.

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

14. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?
(a) Fines.
(b) Imprisonment.
(c) Hanging.
(d) Flogging.

15. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?
(a) It was a critical success, and it established Wilde's name as a playwright.
(b) It was banned after two performances.
(c) It was panned by the critics, but audiences loved it.
(d) It was not a hit, but it made him 100 pounds a week.

Short Answer Questions

1. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?

2. What is Oscar Wilde's relationship with Major Nelson?

3. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?

4. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?

5. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?

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