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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Oscar Wilde's first publication?
(a) A poem.
(b) A short story.
(c) An article.
(d) A book review.

2. How does Oscar Wilde achieve fame?
(a) As a personality, through conversation with James McNeill Whistler.
(b) As a playwright, with his first play.
(c) As an art critic, through his writing in the London art papers.
(d) As the son of a rich and famous mother.

3. Who cables Oscar Wilde with an invitation to lecture?
(a) James McNeill Whistler.
(b) Walt Whitman.
(c) President Garfield.
(d) Richard D'Oyly.

4. Where is Oscar Wilde invited to lecture?
(a) In Paris.
(b) In Berlin.
(c) In America.
(d) In Scotland.

5. How well was Oscar Wilde's first lecture in America received?
(a) With hostile jeering.
(b) With spirited debate among the audience.
(c) With standing ovations.
(d) With warm applause.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Oscar Wilde's father's profession?

2. Whose house does Oscar Wilde move out of while his first play is being prepared?

3. What trend was creating a scandal at Oxford University in 1875?

4. What was Oscar Wilde's primary challenge in his fourth year at Oxford?

5. In what year does Oscar Wilde publish his first piece?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Oscar Wilde's first play never produced?

2. Describe Oscar Wilde's financial situation while he was courting Constance Lloyd.

3. What did Oscar Wilde do when he lost his University Demyship?

4. Which intellectuals became important to Oscar Wilde while he was at Oxford? What were their ideas?

5. What was the outcome of Oscar Wilde's trip to America?

6. Why does Oscar Wilde skip his Baltimore speaking engagement?

7. Describe Oscar Wilde's contact with Catholicism at Oxford.

8. What was Oscar Wilde's relationship with Robert Harborough Sherard?

9. What is Wilde's experience in Paris?

10. Did Oscar Wilde's feelings about outdoor sports change any when he went to Oxford?

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