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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. When students disrupt one of Oscar Wilde's lectures, where does Oscar Wilde say the students have put their heads?

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

3. Which item is part of each course during the dinner Oscar Wilde has in Leadville, Colorado?

4. How does Oscar Wilde spend money?

5. What belief does Pater lead Oscar Wilde to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the English see the crime of sodomy?

2. How does Lord Alfred Douglas try to help Oscar Wilde while Wilde is in prison?

3. How is "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen as a work about homosexuality?

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

5. What disturbing incidents does Oscar Wilde witness before leaving prison?

6. How did Oscar Wilde feel about his studies at Oxford?

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

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

9. What is Oscar Wilde's father's profession, and what are his political views?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oscar Wilde wrote only one novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." How is this novel different from his plays and poems? What part of his personality does he express that is not expressed elsewhere? How does his novel resemble his plays and poems? How is it different?

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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