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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What play was Oscar Wilde writing in 1894?
(a) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(b) "A Woman of No Importance."
(c) "Lady Windermere's Fan."
(d) "Guido Ferranti."

3. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?
(a) The fate of his illegitimate children.
(b) Executing his wife's parents' estate.
(c) His reunion with his lover.
(d) His finances.

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

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

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

7. What was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?
(a) Hanging.
(b) Fines.
(c) Flogging.
(d) Imprisonment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde's first trial turn out?

2. What is Oscar Wilde's relationship with Major Nelson?

3. Who is the central character in Oscar Wilde's play "Salome"?

4. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?

5. How secretive was Oscar Wilde about his homosexuality after his children were born?

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