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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 career does Oscar Wilde explore while he is without his fellowship?

2. What does Oscar Wilde encourage Lillie Langtry to do?

3. How did Oscar Wilde feel about his dialogue with William Butler Yeats?

4. When does Oscar Wilde achieve fame?

5. Oscar Wilde moved in with an artist after he graduated from Oxford. What kind of art did this artist make?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Oscar Wilde's personality so well-suited to be parodied in the theatre?

2. How are Oscar Wilde's lectures received in America?

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

4. Where does Oscar Wilde move after graduating from Oxford?

5. What were Oscar Wilde's greatest challenges in his first year at Oxford?

6. How was Oscar Wilde exposed to homosexuality?

7. What did Oscar Wilde regret when his father died?

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

9. Why does Oxford extend Oscar Wilde's Demyship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Did dying change anything about Oscar Wilde? Did he look at his life with regrets? Did he look back with pride on his work and his actions? Was he proud of his legacy?

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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