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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?
(a) Get revenge for the lawsuit against his father.
(b) Increase his fame by publishing his plays.
(c) Blackmail him by threatening to publish their letters.
(d) Expose him out of love.

3. 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.

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) A man lies about his background to marry a wealthy hieress.
(d) An artist sells his soul to the devil in order to be great in his own times.

5. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
(b) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.
(c) Not common at all, and Oscar Wilde was a pariah for being homosexual.
(d) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.

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

7. Who brings Oscar Wilde out of his artistic doldrums after he is released from Reading jail?
(a) The Marquis of Queensberry.
(b) His mother.
(c) Major Nelson.
(d) Douglas.

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

9. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) Wilde had sued his lover's father for libel.
(b) Wilde was caught performing a homosexual sex act.
(c) Wilde was sued for sodomy.
(d) Wilde was sued for his writing's obscenity.

10. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?
(a) A mob of prisoners were beaten by guards.
(b) A soldier went insane after a flogging.
(c) One prisoner beat another prisoner to death.
(d) Prisoners were executed for rioting.

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

12. What did Oscar Wilde write about his personal experience in prison?
(a) Long, detailed letters to his lover.
(b) Nothing.
(c) "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."
(d) He describes his longing for his wife.

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

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

15. How did Oscar Wilde set the stage for his own prosecution?
(a) He taunted society with openly homosexual writings.
(b) He alienated his supporters with cruel wit.
(c) He enraged his lover's father.
(d) He was seen having sex in public.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?

2. Where did Oscar Wilde go for homosexual sex?

3. How was Oscar Wilde released from prison for the first time?

4. What actions led to prosecution of homosexuals in England?

5. How much did Oscar Wilde earn from the production of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?

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