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 were prison conditions like at Reading jail?

2. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

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

4. How common was homosexuality in late-Victorian London?

5. Where did Oscar Wilde take a rest cure?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happened when Oscar Wilde sued his lover's father, Lord Queensberry, for libel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What were the social conditions surrounding homosexuality in Oscar Wilde's times? What did his fellow students feel about homosexuality? What did the school authorities feel? What did society feel? Were there different groups among whom homosexuality was more acceptable?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Oscar Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas with Wilde's marriage to Constance Lloyd. Does Wilde conduct both relationships according to the same rules? What were the rules that governed each relationship? In what ways was he true to either partner? In what ways was he honest or dishonest? In what ways did he show love for Constance and Douglas? Were they similar kinds of love? How are they different? Why are they 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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