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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 Oscar Wilde's clothing like in prison?
(a) Coarse.
(b) Drab.
(c) Dapper.
(d) Flamboyant.

2. How did Oscar Wilde escape from being prosecuted for homosexuality?
(a) He struck a deal with the lead prosecutor to abstain from homosexual acts.
(b) He bought his way out of the investigation by paying off influential barristers.
(c) His lover's parents refused to press charges when they realized that their son would have to be imprisoned as well.
(d) Oscar Wilde broke up with his lover before the authorities could gather any evidence against them.

3. Why was "Salome" not performed?
(a) Oscar Wilde had differences of opinion with his director.
(b) The play was banned for obscenity.
(c) Bible stories were banned from the stage by British law.
(d) The theatre could not come up with money for a production.

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

5. Where does Oscar Wilde go after his first trial?
(a) He traveled to America to lecture.
(b) He fled from London to Paris.
(c) He returned to Ireland.
(d) He was arrested and taken to prison.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Oscar Wilde return to Paris?

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

3. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

4. What landmark essay did Oscar Wilde publish in 1890?

5. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Lord Alfred Douglas try to help Oscar Wilde while Wilde is in prison?

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

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

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