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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?
(a) They stopped seeing it after a few weeks.
(b) They hated it.
(c) They loved it.
(d) They did not understand it.

2. How did Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?
(a) He promised to change and take care of Wilde better.
(b) He used extreme behavior to manipulate Wilde.
(c) He blackmailed Wilde.
(d) He threatened and cajoled Wilde into staying in touch.

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

4. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?
(a) Renouncing homosexuality.
(b) Withdrawing the charges.
(c) Filing additional charges.
(d) Fleeing to Paris.

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

6. When was Oscar Wilde first released from prison?
(a) 1891.
(b) 1889.
(c) 1895.
(d) 1893.

7. 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) Expose him out of love.
(d) Blackmail him by threatening to publish their letters.

8. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?
(a) The Earl of Kent.
(b) The Marquis of Queensberry.
(c) The Duke of Gloucester.
(d) Bishop Manning.

9. How did Oscar Wilde protect himself from the cruelty of those around him?
(a) Wit and irony.
(b) He took solace in his faith.
(c) Violent public attacks.
(d) He satirized them in his work.

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

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

12. What was the possible maximum sentence for the crime Oscar Wilde was arrested for?
(a) Life imprisonment.
(b) Five years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Ten years.

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

14. Who is the central character in Oscar Wilde's play "Salome"?
(a) Christ.
(b) John the Baptist.
(c) Salome.
(d) Herod.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?

2. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?

3. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's view of human nature?

4. Where did Oscar Wilde travel after he was released from Reading jail?

5. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?

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