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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of this play's prologue?
(a) To set the stage for a 'rant' against society.
(b) To instruct the audience about love.
(c) To encourage other poets.
(d) To introduce Congreve and his play.

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

4. 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.

5. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?
(a) He defends his decision to add some unusual and new elements to the play.
(b) He infuriates the audience.
(c) He lectures them about their lack of artistic understanding.
(d) He pretends to admire them while he really hates them.

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

7. Where is Mrs. Marwood at the opening of Act 3, Scene 2?
(a) In Lady Wishfort's dining room.
(b) In Lady Wishfort's sitting room.
(c) In Lady Wishfort's kitchen.
(d) In Lady Wishfort's closet.

8. What news does the footman bring Mirabell at the chocolate house?
(a) That his coachman, Waitwell, is waiting with his carriage.
(b) That Waitwell and Foible have run away together.
(c) That Waitwell and Foible are married.
(d) That Foible wanted to speak to him.

9. Why is eavesdropping so successful in Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) Because the scene is necessary to add more intrigue to the play.
(b) Because the characters stand around and talk about their plans.
(c) Because Mrs. Marwood needs to be told off.
(d) Because the characters needs to tell the audience what is going to happen next.

10. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?
(a) That she will not chase him anymore.
(b) That she is going to see him in dire circumstances some day and then she will have her revenge.
(c) That she still loves him and is going to have him.
(d) That she will help him in his scheme against Lady Wishfort.

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

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

13. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?
(a) Marry Mrs. Millamant to Mirabell's uncle.
(b) Marry Mirabell.
(c) Divorce Fainall.
(d) Disinherit Mirabell.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?

2. Who are the fools spoken of in the prologue?

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

4. What did Lady Wishfort say or do that offended Mirabell?

5. What else does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall?

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