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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 landmark essay did Oscar Wilde publish in 1890?
(a) "Personal Impressions of America."
(b) "The House Beautiful."
(c) "The Importance of Being Earnest."
(d) "The Critic as Artist."

2. How did Oscar Wilde describe Christ's life?
(a) As a moving song.
(b) As a tragic drama.
(c) As an iconic sculpture.
(d) As the greatest of poems.

3. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?
(a) The fate of his illegitimate children.
(b) His finances.
(c) Executing his wife's parents' estate.
(d) His reunion with his lover.

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

5. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?
(a) Common enough that Oscar Wilde had no trouble finding partners.
(b) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?

2. What actions led to prosecution of homosexuals in England?

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

4. How did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?

5. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the English see the crime of sodomy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen as a work about homosexuality?

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

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