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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. Who is Robert Ross?

2. Oscar Wilde decorated his room with pictures of whom?

3. What was Oscar Wilde interested in in school?

4. What is the name of Oscar Wilde's column in Women's World Magazine?

5. In what year does Oscar Wilde publish his first piece?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Oscar Wilde do when he lost his University Demyship?

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

7. Where does Oscar Wilde live after returning to Europe from America?

8. Describe Oscar Wilde's marriage to Constance Lloyd.

9. What is Wilde's experience in Paris?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Oscar Wilde spent a considerable amount of time in Paris. Describe how he was treated differently in Paris than in England. Where was he most at home? Where were his ideas most accepted? How were England and France different for Wilde? What could he do in France that he could not do in England?

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