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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why did Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall choose Fainall as her husband?
(a) Because he was old and would probably die soon.
(b) Because he was a liar and a cheat with a good reputation.
(c) Because he loved her.
(d) Because she loved him.

4. 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) Suggest a course of action for the characters.
(d) Create a favorable impression for each character.

5. What is the second kind of fool blessed by?
(a) Fortune.
(b) Upbringing.
(c) How their lives evolve over time.
(d) Religious beliefs.

6. The actor who reads the prologue also plays which character?
(a) Sir Wilfull.
(b) Fainall.
(c) Mirabell.
(d) Sir Rowland.

7. Why were the first performances heavily criticized?
(a) Because Congreve's writing was not pleasant.
(b) Because they did not contain farce.
(c) Because of the new concept of marriage it introduced.
(d) Because the theatergoers expected to see celebrities attacked.

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

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

10. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?
(a) Because the portrait she had painted showed a much younger woman.
(b) To cover up her wrinkles.
(c) To improve her looks.
(d) To match the colors in the portrait.

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

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

13. What does Mrs. Marwood claim while talking to Mrs. Fainall?
(a) Men are cold as husbands.
(b) Lovers are more passionate.
(c) She would rather love and be left than not be loved at all.
(d) She is cuckolding her husband with Mirabell.

14. Where are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood as Act 2, Scene 1 opens?
(a) At Mrs. Fainall's house.
(b) In the country.
(c) In Lady Wishfort's house
(d) In St. James Park.

15. What word best describes the relationship Fainall has with Mrs. Marwood?
(a) Unhappy.
(b) Loving and tender.
(c) Filled with underlying rage.
(d) Troubled.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.

2. What reason does Fainall give for Mirabell's deception being revealed?

3. Why does Mrs. Marwood only want to pretend she is cuckolding her husband?

4. Another dramatic device is used in the final lines of Act 1, Scene 1 when Mirabell hints at a scheme involving Wishfort's maid. This device is known as:

5. Mirabell's plan involves ________ Lady Wishfort.

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