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. How did Oscar Wilde's first trial turn out?

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

3. What did Oscar Wilde consider doing before his first trial?

4. To whom did the Marquis of Queensberry leave a large inheritance?

5. What landmark essay did Oscar Wilde publish in 1890?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar Wilde developed an epigrammatic style at Oxford. What is the form and function of an epigram? How does the epigram suit Wilde's style and social role? How does Wilde use epigrams, and how does his epigrammatic wit benefit him? What other styles does he use in addition to the epigram? What purpose do his other styles serve?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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