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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. For how long did Oscar Wilde lose his scholarship?

2. Why is Oscar Wilde's first play not produced?

3. How does Oscar Wilde resolve the opposition between Ruskin and Pater?

4. Which theme began to appear in Oscar Wilde's writing from 1887 to 1888?

5. How well was Oscar Wilde's first lecture in America received?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar Wilde came into prominence as a friend and opponent of James McNeill Whistler. Describe how Oscar Wilde used controversy and debate and personal invective to his own purposes. What does Wilde gain from his contests, with Whistler and other critics, and then with the Marquis of Queensberry--as a person? What does he gain as a public personality?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

More than one of Oscar Wilde's plays was not produced on the stage. What effect do these failures have on his career? How does he compensate for failing to produce the plays? What does he learn from the experiences? Does he benefit in any way from the plays not being produced?

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