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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Lord Alfred Douglas?
(a) The father of Wilde's lover.
(b) Oscar Wilde's lawyer.
(c) Oscar Wilde's primary lover.
(d) Oscar Wilde's publisher.

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

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

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

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

6. What actions led to prosecution of homosexuals in England?
(a) Agitation by Oxford students to legitimize homosexuality.
(b) Anti-homosexual protests and riots.
(c) The scandalous case of the Marquis of Queensberry.
(d) The election of a more conservative government.

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

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

9. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) An actor dies on stage, but wins eternal fame.
(b) A man's painting ages, revealing his conscience to him.
(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.

10. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?
(a) Wilde nearly died when his illness was not treated.
(b) Wilde's health deteriorated rapidly.
(c) Wilde lost weight and got in shape.
(d) Wilde was pampered by prison guards.

11. Why was "Salome" not performed?
(a) The play was banned for obscenity.
(b) Oscar Wilde had differences of opinion with his director.
(c) Bible stories were banned from the stage by British law.
(d) The theatre could not come up with money for a production.

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

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

14. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?
(a) Chamonix.
(b) Bad Homburg.
(c) Berlin.
(d) Aix.

15. 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 reunion with his lover.
(b) His finances.
(c) The fate of his illegitimate children.
(d) Executing his wife's parents' estate.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?

2. In which prison was Oscar Wilde first imprisoned?

3. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?

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

5. What did Oscar Wilde do in Naples?

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