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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 is the title Oscar Wilde gave to "The Duchess of Padua" when he produced it anonymously?

2. What magazine published "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

3. Who was Lord Alfred Douglas' father?

4. How did Oscar Wilde alienate people?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why was Oscar Wilde's play "Salome" censored?

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

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

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

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

Oscar Wilde was baptized both as a Protestant and as a Catholic. What do these religions represent to him? Why does he consider converting to Catholicism? What does he hope to gain? What does he expect to free himself from in his Protestant faith? What would conversion have meant to him and to the people around him?

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

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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