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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's first trial turn out?
(a) The trial bankrupted Wilde, but it made him famous.
(b) The trial caused Wilde to be expelled from the country.
(c) The trial allowed Wilde's lover's father to turn the tables and expose Wilde's homosexuality.
(d) The trial resulted in a victory for Wilde and vindication of his personality.

2. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) A man lies about his background to marry a wealthy hieress.
(b) An actor dies on stage, but wins eternal fame.
(c) An artist sells his soul to the devil in order to be great in his own times.
(d) A man's painting ages, revealing his conscience to him.

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

4. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?
(a) He introduced Wilde to willing supporters.
(b) He persuaded Wilde's mother to reinstate Wilde's allowance.
(c) He gave Wilde money for food.
(d) He published Wilde's last work.

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

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

7. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?
(a) He fled from London to Paris.
(b) He returned to Ireland.
(c) He traveled to America to lecture.
(d) He was arrested and taken to prison.

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

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

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

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

12. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?
(a) It was almost banned for homosexuality.
(b) It was noticed by some literary critics, but it did not sell in large numbers.
(c) It was not noticed until late in Wilde's life.
(d) It was celebrated for its open homosexuality.

13. How was Oscar Wilde released from prison for the first time?
(a) He escaped with two other prisoners.
(b) He arranged for the charges to be dismissed.
(c) He raised money for bail among his friends.
(d) He proved his innocence at trial.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What was the cause of Oscar Wilde's death?

4. What was Oscar Wilde's clothing like in prison?

5. Why was "Salome" not performed?

(see the answer keys)

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