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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?
(a) That she still loves him and is going to have him.
(b) That she will help him in his scheme against Lady Wishfort.
(c) That she is going to see him in dire circumstances some day and then she will have her revenge.
(d) That she will not chase him anymore.

3. What happens if Mirabell's uncle marries and has a child?
(a) Mirabell will be penniless.
(b) The uncle will gain his statue in society.
(c) Mirabell will lose his inheritance.
(d) Fainall will receive a fee for helping the uncle.

4. Why does the prologue refer to Congreve as a 'passive poet'?
(a) Because he believes that the play will be accepted.
(b) Because he doesn't like to argue his points of view.
(c) Because he is an artist who will accept the audience's opinion of his play.
(d) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.

5. Foible tell Lady Wishfort all but one of the following. Which statement is incorrect?
(a) Mrs. Marwood is watching Foible.
(b) Sir Rowland loves Wishfort's picture.
(c) Mirabell said Wishfort was old.
(d) Make-up will help her look young.

6. What did Lady Wishfort say or do that offended Mirabell?
(a) She said that Mirabell should leave.
(b) She ignored Mirabell and talked only with Fainall.
(c) She laughed at him.
(d) She commented that some people overstay their welcome.

7. The actor who reads the prologue also plays which character?
(a) Sir Rowland.
(b) Sir Wilfull.
(c) Fainall.
(d) Mirabell.

8. What phrase describes the relationship between Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?
(a) They are lovers.
(b) They are brother and sister.
(c) They were previously lovers.
(d) They were never romantically involved.

9. Who is Mrs. Millamant?
(a) An acquaintance of Mirabell.
(b) Fainall's sister.
(c) A relative of the two gentlemen.
(d) The woman Mirabell loves.

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

11. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?
(a) Because Mrs. Marwood told her to.
(b) Because Mrs. Marwood said she had seen Foible with Mirabell.
(c) Because believes everyone is conspiring against her.
(d) Because she believes Foible is having an affair.

12. Who is Sir Rowland?
(a) A knight of the realm.
(b) Lady Wishfort's lover.
(c) Foible's husband.
(d) Mirabell's uncle.

13. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?
(a) For her money.
(b) For her social position.
(c) For her good breeding.
(d) For love.

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

15. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?
(a) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.
(b) Because they are not fools themselves.
(c) Because they will understand his intentions.
(d) Because the fools he is referring to are other artists.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Mirabell leave Lady Wishfort's house the previous evening?

2. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?

3. Why is eavesdropping so successful in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. What does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall when Lady Wishfort leaves the dressing room?

5. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?

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