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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde


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1. What famous phrase appears in the Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray?

2. What is Basil Hallward’s occupation?

3. Why does Basil not wish to exhibit his portrait of Dorian?

4. How does Basil first meet Dorian?

5. What is the name of Sibyl’s brother?

6. When Dorian arrives at his studio, what request does Basil make of Lord Henry?

7. What best describes the philosophy that Lord Henry espouses?

8. Upon seeing his completed portrait, what does Dorian wish?

9. To whom does Basil give the painting?

10. What is Sibyl Vane’s occupation?

11. What is Sibyl’s nickname for Dorian?

12. On the night that Lord Henry and Basil come to see her act, what does Sibyl resolve to do?

13. How does Dorian escape James Vane when James accosts him?

14. After Sibyl’s death, who convinces Dorian to have no involvement in the case?

15. What gift from Lord Henry profoundly influences Dorian?

16. As the years pass, what happens to Dorian’s body?

17. Over which issue does Basil confront Dorian the night of Basil’s death?

18. How does Dorian respond to Basil’s confrontation?

19. How does Dorian kill Basil?

20. To whom does Dorian turn for help with disposing of Basil’s body?

21. What is finally done with Basil’s corpse?

22. Where does Dorian first encounter James Vane?

23. What does Dorian resolve to do when he notices a change in his portrait after breaking up with Sibyl?

24. What fate befalls James Vane?

25. What happens when Dorian attempts to drive a knife into his portrait?

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by Aecio, April 14, 2013

In the end of the book, when Dorian stabs his cursed picture: Does it mean his soul is pure again, for his dead body now endures his age and sins while the picture that represented his soul is young again, or it's just about his curse being broken?


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