The Picture of Dorian Grey Chapters 1-5 questions

Chapter One

a. Why does Basil refuse to show Dorian’s portrait?

b. Why doesn’t Basil want Henry to meet Dorian?

Chapter Two

a. Why is “influence […] immoral” (18), according to Henry?

b. Is there, or should there, be a separate morality for the beautiful?

c. What change does the portrait bring in Dorian?

Chapter Three

a. What does this quote mean: “She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm” (35)? Put the quote in context in your answer.

b. What makes youth attractive? Can anything keep you young?

Chapter Four

a. What are two signs that Dorian has been thoroughly influenced by Henry?

b. Explain the quote: “Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing” (47).

c. Why does Henry consider Dorian “premature” (59)?

Chapter Five

a. What is Henry’s view of “forever” (71)?

b. What does James Vane learn about his parentage?