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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. What did Oscar Wilde say the secret of life was at the end of his first American lecture?

2. When did Oscar Wilde matriculate at Oxford?

3. Who is Archibald Forbes?

4. What defines Oscar Wilde's style?

5. What profession does Oscar Wilde give up in order to supplement his wife's income?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Oscar Wilde like as a young boy?

2. What was Oscar Wilde's primary challenge in his fourth year at Oxford, and how did he meet it?

3. What did Oscar Wilde do when he lost his University Demyship?

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

5. Where does Oscar Wilde live after returning to Europe from America?

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

7. Describe Oscar Wilde's relationship with Oxford University.

8. How does Wilde's wife Constance handle the news of Oscar Wilde's homosexuality?

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

10. Why does Oscar Wilde skip his Baltimore speaking engagement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oscar Wilde wrote only one novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." How is this novel different from his plays and poems? What part of his personality does he express that is not expressed elsewhere? How does his novel resemble his plays and poems? How is it different?

Essay Topic 3

Oscar Wilde's parents both espoused Irish independence. How does the Irish cause figure in Oscar Wilde's life? How does he espouse Irish values? Did he become more English than Irish? In what ways did he remain Irish?

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