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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 Lord Alfred Douglas remain part of Oscar Wilde's life?

2. Oscar Wilde said that men resemble which celestial body?

3. What did the public think of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?

4. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?

5. What was the subject of much of Oscar Wilde's correspondence in the period when he was writing the Ballad of Reading Gaol?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What relationships does Oscar Wilde resume after leaving prison?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why was Oscar Wilde's play "Salome" censored?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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