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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 replaced Oscar Wilde as James McNeill Whistler's favorite in Wilde's absence?

2. What group did Oscar Wilde join in 1875?

3. What does Oxford University do for Oscar Wilde after his School's Examinations in 1878?

4. Which American writer found Oscar Wilde to be contemptuous?

5. What does Oscar Wilde do for work immediately after he graduates from Oxford?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Oscar Wilde's relationship with Rennell Rodd.

2. What does Oscar Wilde's mother change her name to when she marries Oscar Wilde's father?

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

4. How was Oscar Wilde baptized?

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

6. What was Oscar Wilde like as a young boy?

7. What is memorable about Oscar Wilde's stop in Leadville, Colorado?

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

9. What was Oscar Wilde's primary challenge in his fourth year at Oxford, and how did he meet it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oscar Wilde's parents both espoused Irish independence. How does the Irish cause figure in Oscar Wilde's life? How does he espouse Irish values? Did he become more English than Irish? In what ways did he remain Irish?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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