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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. Who is Colonel Isaacson?
(a) Oscar Wilde's lover.
(b) A strict disciplinarian at Reading jail.
(c) A friend of Oscar Wilde's in London.
(d) Oscar Wilde's barrister.

2. What happened as a consequence of Oscar Wilde's move to Naples?
(a) He was imprisoned for homosexuality.
(b) He was restored to health and fame.
(c) He was disinherited by his mother.
(d) He wrote his last great work.

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) His reunion with his lover.
(b) The fate of his illegitimate children.
(c) His finances.
(d) Executing his wife's parents' estate.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?

2. Who brings Oscar Wilde out of his artistic doldrums after he is released from Reading jail?

3. What did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?

4. Who is the central character in Oscar Wilde's play "Salome"?

5. What was the possible maximum sentence for the crime Oscar Wilde was arrested for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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