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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?
(a) By congratulating himself in public.
(b) By his vulgar language.
(c) By asking for financial support.
(d) By insulting his friends.

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

7. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?
(a) Hard work with meager rations.
(b) Solitary confinement and starvation rations.
(c) Long talks with fellow prisoners.
(d) Long days writing.

8. 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) His mother.
(d) Douglas.

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

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

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

12. 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) Wit and irony.
(d) He satirized them in his work.

13. 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."

14. To whom did the Marquis of Queensberry leave a large inheritance?
(a) Lord Alfred Douglas.
(b) Robert Ross.
(c) Oscar Wilde's mother.
(d) Oscar Wilde.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?

2. What did Oscar Wilde say about disciples?

3. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?

4. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?

5. What did Oscar Wilde write about his personal experience in prison?

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