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

2. Who does Oscar Wilde live with immediately after he graduates from Oxford?

3. What defines Oscar Wilde's style?

4. What disruption took place during Oscar Wilde's Harvard lecture?

5. Which item is part of each course during the dinner Oscar Wilde has in Leadville, Colorado?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Oscar Wilde's mother change her name to when she marries Oscar Wilde's father?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Oscar Wilde's financial situation while he was courting Constance Lloyd.

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

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 was not only homosexual, but openly, even flagrantly homosexual. What explains his openness? What did he gain by it? How did it hurt him personally? How did it affect his career?

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