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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 the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
(a) An actor dies on stage, but wins eternal fame.
(b) An artist sells his soul to the devil in order to be great in his own times.
(c) A man's painting ages, revealing his conscience to him.
(d) A man lies about his background to marry a wealthy hieress.

2. Who brings Oscar Wilde out of his artistic doldrums after he is released from Reading jail?
(a) Major Nelson.
(b) His mother.
(c) Douglas.
(d) The Marquis of Queensberry.

3. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?
(a) Wilde lost weight and got in shape.
(b) Wilde was pampered by prison guards.
(c) Wilde nearly died when his illness was not treated.
(d) Wilde's health deteriorated rapidly.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?

2. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?

3. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?

4. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?

5. Oscar Wilde said that men resemble which celestial body?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does it become impossible for Oscar Wilde to write after he writes "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"?

3. What happens to Oscar Wilde's allowance from his mother after he leaves prison?

4. How do the people of Paris receive Oscar Wilde in 1891?

5. What relationships does Oscar Wilde resume after leaving prison?

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

7. What was the outcome of Oscar Wilde's lawsuit against his lover's father, Lord Queensberry?

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

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

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

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