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Author - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde in 1882 when he was 28 years old.

Author - Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin. He went to both Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford before moving to London to pursue a career as a writer. He wrote a variety of different material, from poetry to fairy stories. He wrote just one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray and is most famous for his plays, The Importance of Being Earnest perhaps his best known work.

Despite being married, Wilde also had a homosexual relationship with the son of a lord. This was illegal at the time and consequently he was gaoled for two years. This destroyed his career and after his release he spent the rest of his life abroad. He died in 1900 at the age of 46.

Oscar Wilde could never be accused of not speaking his mind - he is as well known for his exploits in court as for his literary genius! See how much you know about his life and his works in this quiz.

1.
What is the name of the governess in Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest?
Miss Pretty
Miss Prim
Miss Prism
Miss Prissy
She's governess to Cecily Cardew
2.
Whom did Wilde unsuccessfully sue for slander in 1895?
The Marquess of Granby
The Marquess of Liverpool
The Marquess of Londonderry
The Marquess of Queensberry
Queensberry is most famous for giving his name to the rules of boxing
3.
What is the title of Wilde's four act comedy, first produced in 1892?
Lady Waterfall's Fan
Lady Wilberforce's Fan
Lady Windermere's Fan
Lady Windrush's Fan
The play is a satire of 19th Century society and its moral values
4.
Wilde's 1891 play tells the story of which Biblical character?
Delilah
Jezebel
Salome
Sheba
Wilde's play Salomé was written originally in French and later translated into English
5.
Jack Worthing, the central character in The Importance of Being Earnest, is found as a baby in a handbag in the cloakroom of which railway station?
Euston
Paddington
Victoria
Waterloo
The Importance of Being Earnest was Wilde's last play. He was sentenced to prison 3 months after it opened and his career came to an end
6.

What was Wilde's father's profession?

Architect
Army officer
Solicitor
Surgeon
He was a leading eye and ear surgeon
7.
Wilde was born in which city in 1854?
Belfast
Dublin
Edinburgh
London
Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, which is now the home of the Oscar Wilde Centre
8.
What is the title of Wilde's only novel?
The Picture of Damien Gray
The Picture of Declan Gray
The Picture of Dominic Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The story is about a man who sells his soul so that a painting of him will age whilst he himself keeps hold of his youthful beauty
9.
Wilde's 1893 play A Woman of No Importance is set in which English country house?
Hungerford
Hunslet
Hunstanton
Huntingdon
The play was first performed at London's Haymarket Theatre and, like many of Wilde's plays, it satirises the British upper class
10.
What is the name of the Chelsea street in which the house where Wilde once lived now carries a blue plaque from English Heritage?
Bite Street
Kite Street
Rite Street
Tite Street
Tite Street has been home to several famous names other than Oscar Wilde, such as the artists James Whistler and John Singer Sargent

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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