The Picture of Dorian Gray Test | Mid-Book 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. Who does Lord Henry visit after learning more about Dorian?

2. What shop does Dorian send a servant to at the beginning of Chapter Ten?

3. What is the topic of Dorian’s conversation at the beginning of Chapter Four?

4. Who visits Dorian at the beginning of Chapter Nine?

5. How does Dorian react to Sibyl’s performance in Chapter Seven?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Dorian in the slums in Chapter Four?

2. Explain the reactions of Sibyl, Mrs. Vane, and James to Sibyl’s engagement.

3. Why is Dorian’s past considered dark?

4. How does Sibyl avoid discussing Dorian with James while they walk together?

5. What is the reason for the change in Sibyl in Chapter Seven?

6. What reaction does Dorian have to the yellow book? What does the yellow book signify?

7. Why does Basil not want to exhibit the portrait of Dorian, according to Chapter One?

8. Why does Dorian hide the painting in Chapter Ten?

9. How does Dorian end up with the portrait at the end of Chapter Two?

10. How does Lord Henry want Dorian to see Sibyl’s death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define perception. Why is perception important in literature? Give at least one example from the story of how different characters’ perceptions affect the story.

Essay Topic 2

Define hedonism. What role does it play in the story? How does hedonism affect Dorian? Give at least two examples of hedonism from the story.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the relationship between Dorian and Sibyl. How does it begin? How does it end? What role does their relationship play in The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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