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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's first trial turn out?

2. How was "A Woman of No Importance" received?

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

4. How did prison affect Oscar Wilde's view of human nature?

5. What brought about Oscar Wilde's first trial?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did the English see the crime of sodomy?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar Wilde's parents both espoused Irish independence. How does the Irish cause figure in Oscar Wilde's life? How does he espouse Irish values? Did he become more English than Irish? In what ways did he remain Irish?

Essay Topic 2

At Oxford, Oscar Wilde encountered two philosophers, Ruskin and Pater. How did Ruskin's ideas influence Wilde? How did Pater's? How did Wilde reconcile the tension between the two men's philosophies with his career?

Essay Topic 3

Oscar Wilde spent a considerable amount of time in Paris. Describe how he was treated differently in Paris than in England. Where was he most at home? Where were his ideas most accepted? How were England and France different for Wilde? What could he do in France that he could not do in England?

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