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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 cause of Oscar Wilde's death?
(a) A fight over his honor.
(b) Heart troubles from hard labor in prison.
(c) Old age.
(d) Infections from syphilis.

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

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

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

5. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?
(a) He began to lose his memory.
(b) He had headaches that blinded him.
(c) He became ill and did not have the strength to write.
(d) His health declined.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

2. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?

3. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?

4. Who is Colonel Isaacson?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens to Oscar Wilde when he goes to prison?

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

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

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