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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. How did Oscar Wilde handle the disruption of his Harvard lecture?

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

3. Whom does Oscar Wilde marry?

4. As Oscar Wilde watched how the French interpreted aestheticism, what did he see coming from aesthetic ideas?

5. What was Oscar Wilde studying for in the spring of 1876?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is "Lady Windermere's Fan" received when it premieres in London?

2. What happened when Oscar Wilde sued his lover's father, Lord Queensberry, for libel?

3. Why was Oscar Wilde's play "Salome" censored?

4. Were Oscar Wilde and his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, faithful to each other?

5. What was Oscar Wilde's relationship with Robert Harborough Sherard?

6. Why does Archibald Forbes attack Oscar Wilde?

7. What relationships does Oscar Wilde resume after leaving prison?

8. Why did Lord Alfred Douglas' parents refuse to press charges against Oscar Wilde?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oscar Wilde stated that the work of art requires the destruction of previous works of art. How did he practice this theory in his own art? Can his public persona be considered the work of art that destroyed his plays and poems and his novel?

Essay Topic 3

At Oxford, Oscar Wilde encountered two philosophers, Ruskin and Pater. How did Ruskin's ideas influence Wilde? How did Pater's? How did Wilde reconcile the tension between the two men's philosophies with his career?

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