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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. What career does Oscar Wilde explore while he is without his fellowship?

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

3. When did Oscar Wilde's father die?

4. Whom does Oscar Wilde marry?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How was Oscar Wilde exposed to homosexuality?

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

7. Describe Oscar Wilde's meeting with Walt Whitman.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Describe Oscar Wilde as a lecturer. What were his themes? What was his style? Where did he derive his authority from? What drew crowds to hear him speak? How did Wilde generate the 'buzz' that brought audiences? How was he received? Were audiences coming to see a public personality or to hear Wilde's thoughts on aesthetics and art?

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