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 caused Oscar Wilde to stop writing?

2. How much did Oscar Wilde earn from the production of "Lady Windermere's Fan"?

3. What is the name of the play Oscar Wilde wrote upon leaving Reading Gaol?

4. Which of Oscar Wilde's friends tried to discount Wilde's importance?

5. What is the plot of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After Oscar Wilde was convicted of homosexuality, his friends urged him to flee to Paris. Why did he not flee? What did he gain by remaining in England and being imprisoned? What did he lose?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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