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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. When Mrs. Millamant makes her first appearance on stage, Mrs. Millimant interacts with Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall. Which word best describes Mrs. Millamant's character after this scene?
(a) Cruel.
(b) Foolish.
(c) Strong.
(d) Cold.

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

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

5. Why does Wishfort dislike Mirabell?
(a) Mirabel loves Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Mirabell tricked Wishfort into believing he loved her.
(c) Marwood is Mirabell's mistress.
(d) Wishfort is jealous of Mrs. Millamant.

6. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing to each other in the park?
(a) Questioning each other about their opinion of love.
(b) Investigating each other's love affairs.
(c) Testing each other about Mirabell.
(d) Trying to determine if the other is having an affair.

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

8. Why does Congreve choose this symbol of cosmetics?
(a) He believed that make-up is immoral.
(b) He wanted to show how people change themselves because of vanity.
(c) He felt it served no purpose in life.
(d) He wanted to acknowledge how beautiful it made women.

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(b) He suggests that farce is outdated.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

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

11. What does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?
(a) She was amused.
(b) She found the situation hilariously funny.
(c) She could hardly contain her anger.
(d) She was offended.

12. What word best describes the relationship Fainall has with Mrs. Marwood?
(a) Unhappy.
(b) Loving and tender.
(c) Filled with underlying rage.
(d) Troubled.

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

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

15. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) As a symbol of loose morals.
(b) As a device to mask one's feelings.
(c) As a way to disguise age.
(d) As a symbol of how people cover themselves up.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the follow was not part of Mirabell's plan?

2. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?

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

4. What is the relationship between Witwoud and Sir Wilfull Witwoud?

5. 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:

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