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

3. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Sir Wilfull?
(a) She isn't sure.
(b) She agrees, but thinks they should wait until after her marriage.
(c) She agrees.
(d) She disagrees.

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

5. Why does Mirabell criticize Fainall at the chocolate house?
(a) Because he dislikes Fainall's wife.
(b) Because he allowed his wife to ignored Mirabell the previous night.
(c) Because Fainall is drinking too much.
(d) Because he is angry with Fainall.

6. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?
(a) Because Mrs. Marwood said she had seen Foible with Mirabell.
(b) Because she believes Foible is having an affair.
(c) Because believes everyone is conspiring against her.
(d) Because Mrs. Marwood told her to.

7. How does Congreve use satire in the prologue?
(a) He states the play does not contain satire, but it is full of satirical pictures of the different behaviors of the characters.
(b) He uses theatrical devices to enhance satire.
(c) He suggests that farce is outdated.
(d) He makes fun of the audience.

8. 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.

9. What was Mrs. Millamant's response to her aunt's statement?
(a) She agrees with her.
(b) She laughs, too.
(c) She is offended.
(d) She feels hurt for Mirabell.

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

11. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?
(a) Because the fools he is referring to are other artists.
(b) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.
(c) Because they are not fools themselves.
(d) Because they will understand his intentions.

12. Foible tell Lady Wishfort all but one of the following. Which statement is incorrect?
(a) Mirabell said Wishfort was old.
(b) Make-up will help her look young.
(c) Sir Rowland loves Wishfort's picture.
(d) Mrs. Marwood is watching Foible.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. With respect to Sir Wilfull, what does Mrs. Marwood suggest to Lady Wishfort?

2. What is the purpose of this play's prologue?

3. What is the relationship between Witwoud and Sir Wilfull Witwoud?

4. Why does Congreve choose this symbol of cosmetics?

5. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?

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