Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales

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Oscar Wildes Fairy Tales - Quiz

See if you can master three of the most famous of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Oscar Wilde's fairy tales were written for his children, but are in fact for adults.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The melancholic ending is a clue...

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  • 2. 

    The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince contain the motif of love between elders and children

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The purest kind of platonic love...

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  • 3. 

    Female figures appear cold-hearted and frivolous in The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose, because

    • A.

      Oscar Wilde prefered men in his private life

    • B.

      Oscar Wilde thought that women was a decorative sex

    • C.

      Oscar Wilde wants to underline the value of true love regardless of sex

    Correct Answer
    C. Oscar Wilde wants to underline the value of true love regardless of sex
    Explanation
    Oscar Wilde wants to underline the value of true love regardless of sex. This is evident in the portrayal of female figures as cold-hearted and frivolous in "The Happy Prince" and "The Nightingale and the Rose." By depicting women in this way, Wilde highlights the superficiality and lack of genuine love in society. This reinforces the idea that true love should not be based on gender or appearances, but on genuine emotions and connections between individuals.

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  • 4. 

    The Selfish giant wants his beautiful   to himself and doesn't allow the children to come and   .His heart will melt when the youngest, who cannot climb a tree, asks him to help him. When the Giant does, the child gives him a   and melts his selfish heart. Years after, they meet again, but the child shows the Giant the marks of nails on his hands and  . He is Jesus, and has come to take the Giant to His own garden, Paradise, in return for what he had done. 

    Correct Answer
    garden, play, kiss, feet
    Explanation
    The Selfish Giant initially wants to keep his beautiful garden to himself and does not allow children to come and play in it. However, his heart softens when the youngest child, who is unable to climb a tree, asks for his help. The Giant helps the child and in return, the child gives him a kiss, which melts the Giant's selfish heart. Years later, they meet again and the child, who is revealed to be Jesus, shows the Giant the marks of nails on his hands and feet. This signifies that Jesus has come to take the Giant to Paradise, his own garden, as a reward for his kindness.

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  • 5. 

    The religious feeling in the Selfish Giant is more aesthetically felt than authentic.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Oscar Wilde was christened a catholic just before his death.

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  • 6. 

    In The Happy Prince there is hidden social critisism in...

    • A.

      The fact that the prince was sheltered from unhapinness when he was alive

    • B.

      The fact that cruel children threw stones to the swallow

    • C.

      The fact that upper classes have no feelings for working people, like the seamstress

    • D.

      The fact that the Town's leaders only appreciated a statue for its beauty and not its historic value

    • E.

      The fact that a statue covered with gold stood in a town full of poor people.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The fact that the prince was sheltered from unhapinness when he was alive
    B. The fact that cruel children threw stones to the swallow
    C. The fact that upper classes have no feelings for working people, like the seamstress
    D. The fact that the Town's leaders only appreciated a statue for its beauty and not its historic value
    E. The fact that a statue covered with gold stood in a town full of poor people.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a comprehensive statement that encompasses all the hidden social criticisms in "The Happy Prince." It highlights various aspects, such as the prince being sheltered from unhappiness, cruel children throwing stones at the swallow, upper classes lacking empathy for working people, the town's leaders valuing beauty over historic value, and a gold-covered statue in a town full of poor people. These critiques shed light on societal issues like privilege, class inequality, lack of compassion, and the superficiality of appearances.

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  • 7. 

    Do you think the nightingale's sacrifice for the student was worth it? Write three reasons for your answer.

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