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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Sir Wilfull's relationship with Lady Wishfort?
(a) He is her son.
(b) He is her uncle.
(c) He is her brother.
(d) He is her nephew.

2. How does Mrs. Marwood attack Fainall when he angers her?
(a) By saying he has deceived her.
(b) By saying he wrecked her reputation.
(c) By saying he stole from her.
(d) By saying he told lies about her to Lady Wishfort.

3. What does Mirabell's plan consist of?
(a) Entering into a plot with Mrs. Marwood.
(b) Trying to make others believe that he wasn't interested in Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Winning Mrs. Millamant's aunt's favor so she would give her blessing.
(d) Hiding his true feelings about Mrs. Fainall.

4. What does the dramatic device of naming characters that are symbolic of their personality traits allow the playwright Congreve to do?
(a) Create a favorable impression for each character.
(b) Limit a character's significance.
(c) Inform the audience about each character without having to develop them.
(d) Suggest a course of action for the characters.

5. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?
(a) Old.
(b) Humorless.
(c) Vain.
(d) Gullible.

6. What does Mirabell suggest that Mrs. Fainall do if she no longer loves her husband?
(a) Ignore him.
(b) Maintain a status quo with him.
(c) Divorce him.
(d) Kill him.

7. What is the relationship between Witwoud and Sir Wilfull Witwoud?
(a) They are cousins.
(b) They are half-brothers.
(c) They are distant relatives.
(d) They are brothers.

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

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

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

12. Which one of the follow was not part of Mirabell's plan?
(a) Mirabell wrote a song about Wishfort.
(b) Mirabell wrote a lampoon.
(c) Mirabell reported that she was pregnant.
(d) Mirabell appealed to Wishfort's vanity.

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

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

15. What is a cabal?
(a) A secret society; a plot.
(b) A military uprising.
(c) A group of friends.
(d) A meeting of enemies against the state.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of the play?

3. Who is the most important male character in the play?

4. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?

5. In the chocolate house, what does Mirabel's discussion of Mrs. Millamant's character reveal?

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