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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?
(a) Because Mirabell doesn't know how to play.
(b) Because Sir Rowland enters and begins to talk to them.
(c) Because Mirabell is distracted.
(d) Because Mrs. Millamant enters and begins to talk to them.

2. 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.

3. What else does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall?
(a) Mrs. Marwood loves Mirabell.
(b) Mirabell finds Mrs. Fainall unattractive.
(c) Mrs. Marwood is having an affair.
(d) Mirabell secretly admires Mrs. Marwood.

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Mirabell pretend to love Lady Wishfort?
(a) To disguise his true feelings for Mrs. Millamant.
(b) To make fun of her.
(c) To show the world what a stud he was.
(d) To get her money.

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

10. What reason does Fainall give for Mirabell's deception being revealed?
(a) He did not return Mrs. Marwood's romantic gestures.
(b) Mrs. Marwood tried to protect her friend, Lady Wishfort.
(c) He deserved it.
(d) He should have expected Lady Wishfort's friends to tell her.

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

12. Mirabell's plan involves ________ Lady Wishfort.
(a) Blackmailing.
(b) Making love to.
(c) Persuading.
(d) Murdering.

13. Why did Waitwell marry Foible?
(a) So that he couldn't marry Wishfort.
(b) Because she was pregnant.
(c) Because he wants to start a family.
(d) Because he loved her.

14. 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 going to continue his travels.
(d) Sir Wilfull is a country bumpkin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?

2. What does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?

3. What does Fainall comment about the gathering the previous evening at Lady Wishfort's?

4. Why is the theatrical device 'eavesdropping' used by Marwood comical?

5. What is the second kind of fool blessed by?

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