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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. Where does Oscar Wilde give his first public lecture in America?

2. When does Oscar Wilde marry?

3. What was Oscar Wilde's mother's name before she changed it?

4. What is Oscar Wilde's daughter's name?

5. How well had Oscar Wilde's studies prepared him for Oxford?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Wilde's experience in Paris?

2. What is Oscar Wilde's father's profession, and what are his political views?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What factors made Oscar Wilde's lecturing tour in America a success?

9. Describe Oscar Wilde's relationship with his mother.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Oscar Wilde as a lecturer. What were his themes? What was his style? Where did he derive his authority from? What drew crowds to hear him speak? How did Wilde generate the 'buzz' that brought audiences? How was he received? Were audiences coming to see a public personality or to hear Wilde's thoughts on aesthetics and art?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Oscar Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas with Wilde's marriage to Constance Lloyd. Does Wilde conduct both relationships according to the same rules? What were the rules that governed each relationship? In what ways was he true to either partner? In what ways was he honest or dishonest? In what ways did he show love for Constance and Douglas? Were they similar kinds of love? How are they different? Why are they different?

Essay Topic 3

Oscar Wilde developed an epigrammatic style at Oxford. What is the form and function of an epigram? How does the epigram suit Wilde's style and social role? How does Wilde use epigrams, and how does his epigrammatic wit benefit him? What other styles does he use in addition to the epigram? What purpose do his other styles serve?

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