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  I'm Just Wilde About Oscar!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten questions on the life of the brilliant Irish poet and writer Oscar Wilde, one of the wittiest men the world has ever known. How 'Wilde about Oscar' are you? Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Jennifer5, Mar 12 12
Jennifer5 gold member
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  Oscar Wilde Biographical Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz concentrates on the life of Oscar Wilde. Good luck!
Tough, 15 Qns, Flapjack44, Dec 30 16
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  Oscar Wilde Quotes    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Name which of Oscar Wilde's writings contained the following quotes. Someone with a grasp of the plots or characters in Wilde's works should be able to have a pretty good go at this...even if it means guessing sometimes!
Tough, 20 Qns, Flapjack44, Feb 17 16
975 plays
  Notorious Oscar Wilde    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
An obvious talent with obvious problems and an extraordinary life.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Apr 27 13
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  Life of Oscar Wilde    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A fairly difficult quiz on the life and times of one the world's foremost playwrights.
Average, 10 Qns, kristian88, Jan 27 15
790 plays
  General Wilde    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Not too difficult if you have read a biography or two...
Average, 10 Qns, dringo, Sep 10 06
505 plays
  Oscar Wilde    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
Five questions that have to do with the personal life of Oscar Wilde.
Tough, 5 Qns, hitachi, Dec 16 09
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trivia question Quick Question
To whom was Wilde referring in this quote: 'He has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.'?

From Quiz "Oscar Wilde Quotes"

Oscar Wilde Trivia Questions

1. What was the address of Oscar Wilde's childhood home?

From Quiz
General Wilde

Answer: Merrion Square

Merrion Square is in Dublin, and the house still stands today. Wilde's mother, 'Speranza' was a poet, while his father, Sir William Wilde was Ireland's leading ear and eye surgeon.

2. Wilde was not the first member of his immediate family to become immersed in scandals and trials. Who was?

From Quiz Notorious Oscar Wilde

Answer: His father

His father, a prominent surgeon, was charged with criminal misconduct involving a woman patient. There was a sensational trial.

3. The 'Ballad of Reading Gaol' was based on which of Wilde's experiences?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde

Answer: his incarceration

For a time, homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom. Wilde served two years for this.

4. Which play contained this phrase: 'Manners before morals!'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Quotes

Answer: Lady Windermere's Fan

The play was published in 1892.

5. What was Oscar Wilde's full birth name?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Biographical Quiz

Answer: Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde

He dropped the Fingal, O'Flahertie and Wills to become simply Oscar Wilde, and was quoted as saying at Oxford, 'Soon I shall discard another and be known simply as 'The Wilde' or 'The Oscar'.'

6. Wilde left school with a scholarship to Trinity College, Dublin, to read classics, at which he excelled. After that he continued his university education in England at which university?

From Quiz I'm Just Wilde About Oscar!

Answer: Oxford

Wilde was a brilliant student at Trinity College, Dublin, where he developed a lasting interest in Greek literature and won the University's prestigious Berkeley Gold Medal in 1874, his final year. Following his studies in Dublin he won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, and moved to England to continue his education, graduating with a double first in 1878 and earning further success when his poem 'Ravenna' won the coveted Newdigate Prize. It was at Oxford where he met Lord Alfred Douglas, son of the Marquess of Queensberry, a relationship which was to have a big impact on his later life.

7. Which College of Oxford University did Wilde attend?

From Quiz General Wilde

Answer: Magdalen College

Previous to this, Wilde studied at Trinity College, Dublin.

8. Born into a wealthy family, with a society hostess as a mother, in which Irish city was he brought into the world?

From Quiz Life of Oscar Wilde

Answer: Dublin

Born at 21 Westland Row in the Irish capital, he was the second child in the family. His elder brother William Wilde was an esteemed Fleet Street journalist.

9. A relationship with this poet was a key part of Wilde's downfall.

From Quiz Notorious Oscar Wilde

Answer: Alfred Douglas

Lord Alfred Douglas, also known as "Bosie", was a poet of the day who has since faded into obscurity. The relationship of the two led to trouble for Wilde when Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensbury, accused Wilde of "posing as a somdomite" (sic). This comment precipitated the trials that led to Wilde's downfall. (De Musset, a poet, had a famous relationship with George Sand; Rimbaud, a poet had a famous relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine.)

10. Oscar Wilde's equally flamboyant mother, Speranza, had what claim to fame?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde

Answer: Speaking several languages

Wilde's mother, Lady Jane Francesca Wilde, went under the pseudonym Speranza. She was a skilled linguist and translated several popular texts into other languages.

11. Which fairy story does this come from: 'It is a ridiculous attachment...she has no money, and far too many relations.'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Quotes

Answer: The Happy Prince

Wilde's short stories, (published in group volumes, this one being 'The Happy Prince and other tales') were written for his two sons.

12. Who referred to Oscar Wilde as the 'Young Pagan'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Biographical Quiz

Answer: His mother

Wilde's mother, Jane Francisca Speranza Wilde was, like her son, a celebrated wit.

13. His readers were 'Wilde about Oscar' too! He wrote many plays and poems but only one novel, about a man whose portrait aged whilst the man himself did not. This book was titled 'The Picture of _______ _______'?

From Quiz I'm Just Wilde About Oscar!

Answer: Dorian Gray & dorian gray

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' was first published in 1890 in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, and subsequently revised and expanded into a novel which was published in 1891. It tells the tale of a hedonistic and degenerate man of whom a portrait was painted, who wishes one day that his portrait will bear the signs of age whilst he himself keeps his handsome looks. He is later astonished to find that his idle wish has turned into reality, a reality that starts to haunt him until he tries to destroy the painting, only to end up destroying himself. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' has been filmed many times, the 1945 version starring Hurd Hatfield in the title role has the twist that whilst the film itself is shot in black-and-white, the portrait is shown in colour, both before and after Dorian's sinful life has taken its toll on it, which adds greatly to the dramatic effect.

14. What was the name of the collection of poetry published in 1881 by Oscar Wilde?

From Quiz General Wilde

Answer: Poems

'Poems' was Wilde's first published work, and was a solid foundation on which to build his writing career.

15. His father was very celebrated and brilliant at his profession, often being called upon by high society, of which he was a member. What was his profession?

From Quiz Life of Oscar Wilde

Answer: Surgeon

His father was later given a knighthood, becoming Sir William Wilde.

16. What is one of Oscar Wilde's middle names?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde

Answer: Fingal & O'Flahertie & Wills & O Flahertie & OFlahertie

17. Which 1893 work contained this quote: 'Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Quotes

Answer: A Woman of No Importance

Lord Illingworth is one of Wilde's most amusing characters. He has the fabulous line: 'To win back my youth Gerald, there is nothing I wouldn't do...except take exercise, get up early, or be a useful member of the community.'

18. While at Oxford, which Professor of Fine Art did Wilde desire to meet, to whom Wilde later wrote: 'The dearest memories of my Oxford days are my walks and talks with you...'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Biographical Quiz

Answer: John Ruskin

Ruskin's aesthetic beliefs and dislike of city grime rubbed off on Wilde, who once commented 'I would give Manchester back to the shepherds and Leeds to the stockfarmers'.

19. How many novels did Wilde write in his lifetime?

From Quiz General Wilde

Answer: 1

His only novel, 'A Picture of Dorian Gray' caused immense controversy upon its release in Victorian Britain due to its homo-erotic undertones. The novel was a hit, however, with the underground homosexual culture which existed in London at the time.

20. After attending Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford, he went on to edit a popular magazine of the day. What was the name of this magazine?

From Quiz Life of Oscar Wilde

Answer: Woman's World

Bizarrely enough, he did indeed edit a woman's magazine. Maybe he had a better perception of a woman's point of view than most men.

21. "De Profundis" was written by Wilde as a memoir. Where did he write it?

From Quiz Notorious Oscar Wilde

Answer: In prison

Thoughts and reflections about Lord Alfred, written while Wilde was doing time in prison.

22. Oscar Wilde was born and raised where?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde

Answer: Dublin, Ireland

23. Which short story gives us this line: 'He had gone to the Stock Exchange for six {months;} but what was a butterfly to do among bulls and bears?'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Quotes

Answer: The Model Millionaire

'The Model Millionaire' was published with 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' in 1912.

24. At which Oxford college did Wilde enrol?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Biographical Quiz

Answer: Magdalen

Other famous alumni from Magdalen College are the author C.S. Lewis, Sir Peter Medawar whose pioneering work in tissue transplants led to him winning a Nobel Prize for medicine, and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, David Souter.

25. I, too, was 'Wilde about Oscar' and I did marry him. We had two children together. Do you know who I am?

From Quiz I'm Just Wilde About Oscar!

Answer: Constance Lloyd

Oscar Wilde married Constance Lloyd in 1884 and she bore him two sons. Although separated following his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas and subsequent imprisonment for what was at the time termed 'gross indecency', they never divorced. Constance Wilde, who had changed her surname and that of her boys to Holland after Wilde's imprisonment, died in 1898 after surgery following a fall; she was only 39.

26. Who attempted to hold a demonstration on the opening night of 'The Importance of Being Earnest', but was thwarted when police were tipped-off, and was refused entry?

From Quiz General Wilde

Answer: The Marquis of Queensbury

Father of Wilde's lover, Alfred Douglas, Queensbury bought a ticket to the opening night, intent on throwing rotten vegetables at the stage. Two weeks later, he left his card for Wilde at the Albemarle Club, with the note: "For Oscar Wilde, posing as a somdomite[sic]."

27. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is considered Wilde's masterpiece. Who is NOT a character in the play?

From Quiz Notorious Oscar Wilde

Answer: Salome

Clever stuff. "Salome" is another play by Wilde.

28. Oscar Wilde's father is generally considered to have been what?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde

Answer: a genius

Oscar's father had travelled the world, become a doctor, written two books, and become the medical advisor to the Irish Census by the age of 28. He was knighted at age 49. This is just a sampling of some of his remarkable accomplishments.

29. Which play contains this line: 'She wore far too much rouge last night, and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.'?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Quotes

Answer: An Ideal Husband

'An Ideal Husband' was released in cinematic form most recently in 1999 and starred Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver and Jeremy Northam.

30. In what year did Wilde sail to the U.S. for a lecture tour?

From Quiz Oscar Wilde Biographical Quiz

Answer: 1881

Wilde sailed in December 1881 for the 1882 tour. He was concerned that he did not have a talent for public speaking and was quoted as saying prior to the tour, 'I want a natural style, with a touch of affectation.'.

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