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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice 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?
(a) His finances.
(b) Executing his wife's parents' estate.
(c) His reunion with his lover.
(d) The fate of his illegitimate children.
2. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?
(a) Solitary confinement and starvation rations.
(b) Hard work with meager rations.
(c) Long talks with fellow prisoners.
(d) Long days writing.
3. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?
(a) He had headaches that blinded him.
(b) His health declined.
(c) He began to lose his memory.
(d) He became ill and did not have the strength to write.
4. What was Oscar Wilde's clothing like in prison?
5. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?
6. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?
(b) Bad Homburg.
7. What is the name of the town where Oscar Wilde stayed after leaving Reading jail?
8. What was the cause of Oscar Wilde's death?
(a) A fight over his honor.
(b) Infections from syphilis.
(c) Old age.
(d) Heart troubles from hard labor in prison.
9. How did Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?
(a) He blackmailed Wilde.
(b) He promised to change and take care of Wilde better.
(c) He threatened and cajoled Wilde into staying in touch.
(d) He used extreme behavior to manipulate Wilde.
10. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?
(a) As a hero.
(b) As a victim.
(c) As a corrupter of youth.
(d) As an elitist.
11. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's view of human nature?
(a) He lost his compassion for human suffering.
(b) He saw people's limitations as prison-like.
(c) He learned that violence is more powerful than wit.
(d) He learned to appreciate acts of cruelty.
12. What landmark essay did Oscar Wilde publish in 1890?
(a) "Personal Impressions of America."
(b) "The Critic as Artist."
(c) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(d) "The House Beautiful."
13. What happened as a consequence of Oscar Wilde's move to Naples?
(a) He was disinherited by his mother.
(b) He was imprisoned for homosexuality.
(c) He wrote his last great work.
(d) He was restored to health and fame.
14. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?
(a) He introduced Wilde to willing supporters.
(b) He published Wilde's last work.
(c) He gave Wilde money for food.
(d) He persuaded Wilde's mother to reinstate Wilde's allowance.
15. Where did Oscar Wilde travel after he was released from Reading jail?
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is Colonel Isaacson?
2. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
3. What did Oscar Wilde's lover do to change Wilde's mind before the first trial?
4. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?
5. How did Oscar Wilde describe Christ's life?
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