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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Robert Ross?

2. How does Oscar Wilde achieve fame?

3. Who moves to London after Oscar Wilde graduates from Oxford?

4. Why did Oscar Wilde lose his scholarship?

5. What magazine does Oscar Wilde publish in from 1887 to 1888?

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom does Oscar Wilde visit Rome in 1875?

2. What is memorable about Oscar Wilde's stop in Leadville, Colorado?

3. What does Oscar Wilde do for work after he gives up lecturing?

4. Which intellectuals became important to Oscar Wilde while he was at Oxford? What were their ideas?

5. Why was Oscar Wilde's first play never produced?

6. Describe Oscar Wilde's relationship with Rennell Rodd.

7. What themes does Oscar Wilde write about in his journalism?

8. Did Oscar Wilde's feelings about outdoor sports change any when he went to Oxford?

9. Where does Oscar Wilde try to find work after graduating from Oxford?

10. Describe Oscar Wilde's meeting with Walt Whitman.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Oscar Wilde's role as an art critic. What did he see as the critic's role in the art world? How did he perform that role himself? Was he consistent with his own prescription?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Oscar Wilde's career as a playwright. What kind of plays did he write? What are his plays' themes? Choose three of his plays and describe what they tell us about Wilde's development as a playwright. How do his style and themes change over time?

Essay Topic 3

Oscar Wilde's mother urged him to marry a woman with money. Who else made suggestions as to whom Wilde should marry? Was there ever a time when he considered not marrying? Was Wilde's homosexuality an impediment to his marriage? How did he reconcile his homosexuality and his marriage? How did his wife? What trials or difficulties did Wilde's homosexuality present to Wilde and Constance as their marriage changed over time?

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