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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. Why does Oscar Wilde shy away from marriage?

2. Why does Oscar Wilde resist converting to Catholicism?

3. How did Oscar Wilde feel about how the French interpreted aestheticism?

4. What was Oscar Wilde's greatest challenge when he matriculated at Oxford?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Oscar Wilde's contact with Catholicism at Oxford.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What themes does Oscar Wilde write about in his journalism?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar Wilde was always extravagant with his money. How does his extravagance fit with his brief, epigrammatic literary style? Is there an aesthetic that unites these two aspects of his personality, or are they simply different sides of the writer's life?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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