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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. How well had Oscar Wilde's studies prepared him for Oxford?

2. What is the name of the friend who converted to Catholicism and influenced Oscar Wilde to consider converting?

3. What did Oscar Wilde say the secret of life was at the end of his first American lecture?

4. Which intellectual does Oscar Wilde turn to for spiritual guidance?

5. Why is Oscar Wilde's first play not produced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Oscar Wilde try to find work after graduating from Oxford?

2. Describe the history and premier of Oscar Wilde's play "Vera."

3. Why did Lord Alfred Douglas' parents refuse to press charges against Oscar Wilde?

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

5. What is Wilde's experience in Paris?

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

7. Why does it become impossible for Oscar Wilde to write after he writes "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"?

8. What is the plot of Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

9. What happens to Oscar Wilde's allowance from his mother after he leaves prison?

10. Why does Oscar Wilde skip his Baltimore speaking engagement?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

More than one of Oscar Wilde's plays was not produced on the stage. What effect do these failures have on his career? How does he compensate for failing to produce the plays? What does he learn from the experiences? Does he benefit in any way from the plays not being produced?

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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