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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 was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?
(a) The court supported Wilde.
(b) Supporters rushed to protect Wilde.
(c) Wilde's lover's father publicly apologized.
(d) People rejoiced at Wilde's fall.

2. 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) It was so common that no one seemed to care that he was homosexual.
(d) Not common enough that Oscar Wilde had an easy time finding partners.

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

4. What play was Oscar Wilde writing in 1894?
(a) "Guido Ferranti."
(b) "A Woman of No Importance."
(c) "Lady Windermere's Fan."
(d) "The Importance of Being Earnest."

5. What disturbing scene does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving Reading jail?
(a) A soldier went insane after a flogging.
(b) Prisoners were executed for rioting.
(c) One prisoner beat another prisoner to death.
(d) A mob of prisoners were beaten by guards.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were prison conditions like at Reading jail?

2. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?

3. What did Oscar Wilde say about disciples?

4. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's health?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the plot of Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

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