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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) Members of society in general.
(b) Critics of the play.
(c) Poets and natural fools.
(d) Husbands, wives and lovers.

2. What does Fainall claim about Mrs. Marwood?
(a) She is bored in his company.
(b) She is really angry with him.
(c) She is jealous of his wife spending time with Mirabell.
(d) She is concerned about her reputation.

3. Who is the most important male character in the play?
(a) Fainall.
(b) Witwoud.
(c) Mirabell.
(d) Petulant.

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

5. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?
(a) Because Mirabell doesn't know how to play.
(b) Because Sir Rowland enters and begins to talk to them.
(c) Because Mirabell is distracted.
(d) Because Mrs. Millamant enters and begins to talk to them.

6. How does Witwoud describe Petulant?
(a) As a monster similar to Caliban.
(b) As a blockhead.
(c) As humorless.
(d) As a person lacking breeding.

7. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?
(a) It serves as a sounding board for his concept of drama.
(b) It gives him a platform where he can answer his critics.
(c) It shows how the poet is always in charge of the performance.
(d) It allows him to introduce the themes of the play.

8. 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 he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.
(c) Because she thinks he loves Mrs. Millimant.
(d) Because she thinks he doesn't love her any more.

9. Another dramatic device is used in the final lines of Act 1, Scene 1 when Mirabell hints at a scheme involving Wishfort's maid. This device is known as:
(a) Climax.
(b) Foreshadowing.
(c) Omnipresence.
(d) Denouement.

10. What does Foible do when she enters Lady Wishfort's dressing room?
(a) She announces Sir Rowland.
(b) She asks Mrs. Marwood to keep the men company.
(c) She says Witwoud and Petulant have arrived.
(d) She helps Lady Wishfort dress.

11. Who are Witwoud and Petulant?
(a) Important gentlemen of this social group.
(b) Followers of Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Mrs. Millamant's servants.
(d) Lady Wishfort's servants.

12. What is a chocolate house?
(a) A meeting place for women.
(b) A new type of coffee shop celebrating the discovery of chocolate.
(c) A place for men to meet.
(d) A shop serving only pastries made of chocolate.

13. Where are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood as Act 2, Scene 1 opens?
(a) In St. James Park.
(b) In Lady Wishfort's house
(c) In the country.
(d) At Mrs. Fainall's house.

14. What does Mirabell state that he believes about Mrs. Millamant to Fainall?
(a) That Mrs. Millamant's faults are a nuisance.
(b) That he will help her improve on her faults.
(c) That Mrs. Millamant should not be so cruel to him.
(d) That Mrs. Millamant's faults suit her very well.

15. Why is the theatrical device 'eavesdropping' used by Marwood comical?
(a) She is intrigued by the plots going on.
(b) She wants revenge on Mirabell.
(c) She is self-important.
(d) She is forced to listen to the other character's true opinions of her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.

2. Where is Mrs. Marwood at the opening of Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What are the tastes of poets determined by?

4. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?

5. How does Mrs. Marwood answer Fainall when he joins her in the park?

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