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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Petulant hire three prostitutes?
(a) Show his lack of social sensitivity.
(b) Act as a foil to his popularity.
(c) Satisfy his sexual needs.
(d) Feign importance to his peers.

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

3. With respect to Sir Wilfull, what does Mrs. Marwood suggest to Lady Wishfort?
(a) Sir Wilfull is a drunkard.
(b) Sir Wilfull will make an excellent husband for Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Sir Wilfull is a country bumpkin.
(d) Sir Wilfull is going to continue his travels.

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

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

6. What does Lady Wishfort do when she enters her dressing room?
(a) She apologizes and asks her to accompany her to dinner.
(b) She lets Marwood out and apologizes.
(c) She dresses for dinner and sends Mrs. Marwood down ahead of her.
(d) She invites Mrs. Marwood to stay for dinner.

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

8. What do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?
(a) Greed.
(b) The need to protect their reputations.
(c) Social convenience.
(d) Love.

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

10. 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.

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

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

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. The prologue begins with a comparison of what?
(a) Poets and other artists.
(b) Poets and members of society.
(c) Two kinds of fools.
(d) Fortune and destiny.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?

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

3. What happens if Mirabell's uncle marries and has a child?

4. What does the scene where Mrs. Marwood is left in the closet reveal about her?

5. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

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