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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Mrs. Fainall's husband cold to her?
(a) His libido has lessened with age.
(b) He no longer loves her.
(c) He hates her for cuckolding him.
(d) Because of his affair with Mrs. Marwood.

2. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) Discussing their husbands.
(b) Discussing their lovers.
(c) Discussing men while they walk.
(d) Talking about Mrs. Millamant.

3. What does Mrs. Marwood claim while talking to Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She is cuckolding her husband with Mirabell.
(b) She would rather love and be left than not be loved at all.
(c) Men are cold as husbands.
(d) Lovers are more passionate.

4. Does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort everything she overheard?
(a) It is impossible to say.
(b) No.
(c) Yes.
(d) We don't know.

5. While drinking chocolate, what else are Mirabell and Fainall doing?
(a) Discussing their travel plans.
(b) Smoking.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Playing cards.

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

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

8. Why are poets often fooled?
(a) They believe in their work and expect others to understand and like it.
(b) They are fooled into believing that one successful play means the next one will be successful also.
(c) They believe what people tell them to their face.
(d) They don't study their critics.

9. Who told Lady Wishfort about Mirabell's deception?
(a) Foible.
(b) Fainall.
(c) Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Mrs. Millamant.

10. Why did Mirabell leave Lady Wishfort's house the previous evening?
(a) Because he detested Lady Wishfort and only went because of Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Because he felt unwelcome.
(c) Because of another commitment.
(d) Because he felt ill and wanted to rest at home.

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

12. 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 they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.
(c) Because he believes that the play will be accepted.
(d) Because he doesn't like to argue his points of view.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. With respect to Sir Wilfull, what does Mrs. Marwood suggest to Lady Wishfort?

2. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?

3. Why does Petulant hire three prostitutes?

4. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

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