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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?
(a) By congratulating himself in public.
(b) By insulting his friends.
(c) By asking for financial support.
(d) By his vulgar language.
2. What is the name of the town where Oscar Wilde stayed after leaving Reading jail?
3. 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 panned by the critics, but audiences loved it.
(c) It was banned after two performances.
(d) It was not a hit, but it made him 100 pounds a week.
4. When did Oscar Wilde return to Paris?
5. Where did Oscar Wilde go for homosexual sex?
(b) The parks in London.
(c) His home.
(d) The quays.
6. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?
(a) He was humbled and grateful to be free.
(b) He was suicidal because of people's poisonous gossip.
(c) He was gleeful in his ability to exact revenge.
(d) He was bored in his uninteresting surroundings.
7. 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.
8. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?
(a) He had committed adultery.
(b) He had slandered the Marquis of Queensberry.
(c) He had admitted to homosexuality, which was a crime.
(d) He had published obscene books.
9. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(b) Women's World.
(c) Pall Mall Gazette.
(d) Harper's Bazaar.
10. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?
(a) He traveled to America to lecture.
(b) He fled from London to Paris.
(c) He was arrested and taken to prison.
(d) He returned to Ireland.
11. What happened as a consequence of Oscar Wilde's move to Naples?
(a) He was restored to health and fame.
(b) He was disinherited by his mother.
(c) He was imprisoned for homosexuality.
(d) He wrote his last great work.
12. What did Oscar Wilde do in Naples?
(b) Write his memoirs.
(c) Write his last play.
(d) Live with his lover.
13. How did Oscar Wilde escape from being prosecuted for homosexuality?
(a) Oscar Wilde broke up with his lover before the authorities could gather any evidence against them.
(b) He struck a deal with the lead prosecutor to abstain from homosexual acts.
(c) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.
(d) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.
14. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?
(a) His finances.
(b) His reunion with his lover.
(c) Executing his wife's parents' estate.
(d) The fate of his illegitimate children.
15. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?
(a) He persuaded Wilde's mother to reinstate Wilde's allowance.
(b) He introduced Wilde to willing supporters.
(c) He gave Wilde money for food.
(d) He published Wilde's last work.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?
2. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?
3. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?
4. When was Oscar Wilde first released from prison?
5. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?
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