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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 does Oscar Wilde live with immediately after he graduates from Oxford?

2. What was Oscar Wilde interested in in school?

3. Why does Oscar Wilde resist converting to Catholicism?

4. What is the name of Oscar Wilde's first play?

5. What split does Oscar Wilde's poetry explore?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What factors made Oscar Wilde's lecturing tour in America a success?

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

4. How was Oscar Wilde exposed to homosexuality?

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

6. Describe Oscar Wilde's relationship with his mother.

7. What was the outcome of Oscar Wilde's trip to America?

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

9. Why does Archibald Forbes attack Oscar Wilde?

10. Why was Oscar Wilde's first play never produced?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Oscar Wilde came into prominence as a friend and opponent of James McNeill Whistler. Describe how Oscar Wilde used controversy and debate and personal invective to his own purposes. What does Wilde gain from his contests, with Whistler and other critics, and then with the Marquis of Queensberry--as a person? What does he gain as a public personality?

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