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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the second kind of fool blessed by?
(a) Religious beliefs.
(b) Upbringing.
(c) Fortune.
(d) How their lives evolve over time.

2. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.
(a) Dislikes.
(b) Frustrates.
(c) Loves.
(d) Bores.

3. What do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?
(a) The need to protect their reputations.
(b) Social convenience.
(c) Greed.
(d) Love.

4. What is a prologue?
(a) A teaser which will make the audience want to stay for the whole performance.
(b) An introduction.
(c) A part which comes before the audience arrives.
(d) A short synopsis of the coming play.

5. Who are the fools spoken of in the prologue?
(a) Husbands, wives and lovers.
(b) Poets and natural fools.
(c) Critics of the play.
(d) Members of society in general.

6. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Sir Wilfull?
(a) She agrees.
(b) She agrees, but thinks they should wait until after her marriage.
(c) She isn't sure.
(d) She disagrees.

7. How does Congreve use satire in the prologue?
(a) He suggests that farce is outdated.
(b) He uses theatrical devices to enhance satire.
(c) He states the play does not contain satire, but it is full of satirical pictures of the different behaviors of the characters.
(d) He makes fun of the audience.

8. Which word best describes what Mincing believes Witwoud to be?
(a) A despot.
(b) A fool.
(c) A country bumpkin.
(d) A gentleman.

9. What does Mrs. Fainall reveal to Foible in her mother's dressing room?
(a) She is worried about Lady Wishfort's reaction.
(b) She knows of Mirabell's plans.
(c) She loves Mrs. Millamant and wants the plan to succeed.
(d) She supports Mrs. Marwood in her scheme.

10. What does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall when Lady Wishfort leaves the dressing room?
(a) She wed Waitwell.
(b) She has angered Lady Wishfort.
(c) She insulted Mrs. Marwood.
(d) She has hidden Mrs. Marwood in the closet.

11. Why does Mrs. Marwood only want to pretend she is cuckolding her husband?
(a) Because she thinks he doesn't love her any more.
(b) Because she thinks he loves Mrs. Millimant.
(c) Because he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.
(d) Because he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.

12. What was Mrs. Millamant's response to her aunt's statement?
(a) She feels hurt for Mirabell.
(b) She laughs, too.
(c) She is offended.
(d) She agrees with her.

13. What does the success of Congreve's play depend on?
(a) Its own merit.
(b) His previous body of work.
(c) His following.
(d) His past successes.

14. What does the prologue do?
(a) Challenges the audience to try something new.
(b) Introduces Congreve and his play.
(c) Limits criticism of the play.
(d) Instructs the audience on how to react to the play.

15. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?
(a) To improve her looks.
(b) To cover up her wrinkles.
(c) To match the colors in the portrait.
(d) Because the portrait she had painted showed a much younger woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the tastes of poets determined by?

2. Where are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood as Act 2, Scene 1 opens?

3. Why did Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall choose Fainall as her husband?

4. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?

5. What does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?

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