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

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

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

4. What did Oscar Wilde say about disciples?
(a) There are no disciples.
(b) Every man is a disciple of Christ.
(c) Every disciple is enslaved by his master.
(d) Life is an eternal discipleship.

5. 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 finances.
(d) His reunion with his lover.

6. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
(b) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.
(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.

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

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

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

10. Which of Oscar Wilde's friends tried to discount Wilde's importance?
(a) Marie Prescott.
(b) Rennell Rodd.
(c) James McNeill Whistler.
(d) Robert Harborough Sherard.

11. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) Pall Mall Gazette.
(b) Harper's Bazaar.
(c) Women's World.
(d) Lippincott's.

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

13. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?
(a) He had published obscene books.
(b) He had admitted to homosexuality, which was a crime.
(c) He had slandered the Marquis of Queensberry.
(d) He had committed adultery.

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

15. How did Oscar Wilde escape from being prosecuted for homosexuality?
(a) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.
(b) Oscar Wilde broke up with his lover before the authorities could gather any evidence against them.
(c) He struck a deal with the lead prosecutor to abstain from homosexual acts.
(d) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?

4. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?

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

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