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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 did Oscar Wilde discover that his lover was trying to do to him?

2. How did Oscar Wilde protect himself from the cruelty of those around him?

3. What was the consequence of Oscar Wilde's first trial?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where does Oscar Wilde go after he is released from 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

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 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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