Oscar Wilde Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Robert Ross help Oscar Wilde?

2. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

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

4. What is Oscar Wilde's relationship with Major Nelson?

5. What was Oscar Wilde's state of mind in the months after his release from Reading jail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar Wilde came into prominence as a friend and opponent of James McNeill Whistler. Describe how Oscar Wilde used controversy and debate and personal invective to his own purposes. What does Wilde gain from his contests, with Whistler and other critics, and then with the Marquis of Queensberry--as a person? What does he gain as a public personality?

Essay Topic 2

Oscar Wilde stated that the work of art requires the destruction of previous works of art. How did he practice this theory in his own art? Can his public persona be considered the work of art that destroyed his plays and poems and his novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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