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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 never romantically involved.
(b) They are lovers.
(c) They are brother and sister.
(d) They were previously lovers.

2. What are the tastes of poets determined by?
(a) How their lives evolve over time.
(b) Fortune.
(c) Upbringing.
(d) Religious beliefs.

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

4. What does Mirabell state that he believes about Mrs. Millamant to Fainall?
(a) That Mrs. Millamant's faults suit her very well.
(b) That Mrs. Millamant's faults are a nuisance.
(c) That Mrs. Millamant should not be so cruel to him.
(d) That he will help her improve on her faults.

5. What is the purpose of the play?
(a) To entertain the audience.
(b) To lecture the audience and therefore, society.
(c) To instruct the audience in life.
(d) To add to the audience's knowledge.

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

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

8. How does Witwoud describe Petulant?
(a) As humorless.
(b) As a monster similar to Caliban.
(c) As a person lacking breeding.
(d) As a blockhead.

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

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

11. Who are Witwoud and Petulant?
(a) Lady Wishfort's servants.
(b) Followers of Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Important gentlemen of this social group.
(d) Mrs. Millamant's servants.

12. 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) Suggest a course of action for the characters.
(c) Inform the audience about each character without having to develop them.
(d) Create a favorable impression for each character.

13. What does Fainall claim about Mrs. Marwood?
(a) She is really angry with him.
(b) She is bored in his company.
(c) She is jealous of his wife spending time with Mirabell.
(d) She is concerned about her reputation.

14. All of the following are true except one. As Mrs. Marwood discovers Mirabell's plot, she ______ .
(a) Feels angry with Mrs. Wishfort.
(b) Wants him to fail.
(c) Plots to destroy Mirabell's scheme.
(d) Vows revenge.

15. Why does the prologue refer to Congreve as a 'passive poet'?
(a) Because he is an artist who will accept the audience's opinion of his play.
(b) Because he doesn't like to argue his points of view.
(c) Because he believes that the play will be accepted.
(d) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Lady Wishfort do when she enters her dressing room?

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

5. Who is Sir Rowland?

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