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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 did Oscar Wilde come across at his first trial?

2. How did Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?

3. What caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?

4. When did Oscar Wilde publish "Salome"?

5. What is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the people of Paris receive Oscar Wilde in 1891?

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

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

4. Where does Oscar Wilde go after he is released from prison?

5. Why does Oscar Wilde refuse to flee from England to Paris?

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

7. How is "Lady Windermere's Fan" received when it premieres in London?

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

9. How does Lord Alfred Douglas try to help Oscar Wilde while Wilde is in prison?

10. What happens to Oscar Wilde when he goes to prison?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Oscar Wilde's role as an art critic. What did he see as the critic's role in the art world? How did he perform that role himself? Was he consistent with his own prescription?

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