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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 brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) Wilde had sued his lover's father for libel.
(b) Wilde was caught performing a homosexual sex act.
(c) Wilde was sued for his writing's obscenity.
(d) Wilde was sued for sodomy.

2. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?
(a) It was banned after two performances.
(b) It was not a hit, but it made him 100 pounds a week.
(c) It was a critical success, and it established Wilde's name as a playwright.
(d) It was panned by the critics, but audiences loved it.

3. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.
(b) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
(c) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.
(d) Not common at all, and Oscar Wilde was a pariah for being homosexual.

4. What privilege does Oscar Wilde eventually obtain in prison?
(a) Eating meals with the prison officers.
(b) Freedom to spend his days writing.
(c) Ordering books for the prison library.
(d) Exemption from work detail.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Lord Alfred Douglas?

2. How did Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?

3. What is the name of the play Oscar Wilde wrote upon leaving Reading Gaol?

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

5. How did Oscar Wilde describe homosexuality in court?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conditions under which Oscar Wilde was writing "The Importance of Being Earnest."

2. Why was Oscar Wilde's play "Salome" censored?

3. What disturbing incidents does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving prison?

4. What happened when Oscar Wilde sued his lover's father, Lord Queensberry, for libel?

5. How did Lord Alfred Douglas' father feel about his son's relationship with Oscar Wilde?

6. Why did Lord Alfred Douglas' parents refuse to press charges against Oscar Wilde?

7. How do Oscar Wilde's aesthetics develop during his time in Paris in 1891?

8. How is "Lady Windermere's Fan" received when it premieres in London?

9. Were Oscar Wilde and his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, faithful to each other?

10. Where does Oscar Wilde go after he is released from prison?

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