The Picture of Dorian Gray 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. Where does Dorian decide to go at the beginning of Chapter Eighteen?

2. What happens to Dorian throughout dinner in Chapter Seventeen?

3. How does Lord Henry praise Dorian’s life in Chapter Nineteen?

4. What happens when Dorian excuses himself from the conversation in Chapter Seventeen?

5. How have many of Dorian’s friendships ended, according to Chapter Twelve?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Basil call Dorian’s painting “an awful lesson?”

2. What fears does Dorian have in regards to his painting, according to Chapter Eleven? What does this fear reflect?

3. What does the hare in Chapter Eighteen symbolize?

4. Compare and contrast Basil and Lord Henry’s views of Dorian.

5. In Chapter Nineteen what evidence does Dorian give Lord Henry of his desire to reform himself?

6. What moral can be taken from Dorian’s experiences in The Picture of Dorian Gray?

7. Why does Dorian tell Lord Henry in Chapter Eighteen that he wishes he could love?

8. What reinvigorates Dorian when he ventures out of his home after the incident in Chapter Seventeen?

9. Why does Dorian have multiple copies of the yellow book made?

10. Why does Dorian get angry with Basil in Chapter Thirteen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, Dorian is caught between two worlds. Explain these two worlds and how Dorian is caught between them. What effect does this have on him? How does he deal with this situation? Is it resolved? How?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the relationship between Dorian and Basil with the relationship between Dorian and Lord Henry. How do their interactions with Dorian affect him? What is the purpose of each of their relationships throughout the story?

Essay Topic 3

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

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