Oscar Wilde Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 was the punishment for homosexuality in England in the late 1800s?

2. What was Oscar Wilde's daily routine in prison?

3. Who brings Oscar Wilde out of his artistic doldrums after he is released from Reading jail?

4. How did Oscar Wilde describe Christ's life?

5. What did Oscar Wilde's lover do to change Wilde's mind before the first trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conditions under which Oscar Wilde was writing "The Importance of Being Earnest."

2. Were Oscar Wilde and his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, faithful to each other?

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

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

5. What was the outcome of Oscar Wilde's lawsuit against his lover's father, Lord Queensberry?

6. How do conditions change for Oscar Wilde when Major Nelson takes over at Reading jail?

7. How did Lord Alfred Douglas' father feel about his son's relationship with Oscar Wilde?

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

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

10. How do Oscar Wilde's aesthetics develop during his time in Paris in 1891?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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