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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 did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?
(a) Get revenge for the lawsuit against his father.
(b) Expose him out of love.
(c) Increase his fame by publishing his plays.
(d) Blackmail him by threatening to publish their letters.

2. How much did Oscar Wilde earn from the production of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?
(a) 5,000 pounds.
(b) 7,000 pounds.
(c) 3,000 poounds.
(d) 1,200 pounds.

3. How was Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," received?
(a) It was noticed by some literary critics, but it did not sell in large numbers.
(b) It was not noticed until late in Wilde's life.
(c) It was almost banned for homosexuality.
(d) It was celebrated for its open homosexuality.

4. Why was Oscar Wilde arrested?
(a) He had admitted to homosexuality, which was a crime.
(b) He had slandered the Marquis of Queensberry.
(c) He had committed adultery.
(d) He had published obscene books.

5. What is Oscar Wilde's relationship with Major Nelson?
(a) Nelson was the first publisher to print Wilde's plays.
(b) Nelson was Wilde's lover.
(c) Nelson was a warden who came to like Wilde.
(d) Nelson was the judge who sentenced Wilde to prison.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Oscar Wilde's clothing like in prison?

2. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?

3. What privilege does Oscar Wilde eventually obtain in prison?

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

5. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Oscar Wilde refuse to flee from England to Paris?

10. How do conditions change for Oscar Wilde when Major Nelson takes over at Reading jail?

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