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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Mirabell's plan consist of?
(a) Entering into a plot with Mrs. Marwood.
(b) Trying to make others believe that he wasn't interested in Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Winning Mrs. Millamant's aunt's favor so she would give her blessing.
(d) Hiding his true feelings about Mrs. Fainall.

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

4. What does Fainall comment about the gathering the previous evening at Lady Wishfort's?
(a) Everyone knows that Mrs. Millamant is unhappy with Mirabell.
(b) Mrs. Millamant has another lover.
(c) Mrs. Millamant was only obeying her aunt's wishes.
(d) Witwoud and Petulant are only trying to woo Mrs. Millamant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?
(a) Vain.
(b) Gullible.
(c) Humorless.
(d) Old.

12. The prologue begins with a comparison of what?
(a) Poets and members of society.
(b) Poets and other artists.
(c) Fortune and destiny.
(d) Two kinds of fools.

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

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

15. What did Lady Wishfort say or do that offended Mirabell?
(a) She commented that some people overstay their welcome.
(b) She ignored Mirabell and talked only with Fainall.
(c) She said that Mirabell should leave.
(d) She laughed at him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall when Lady Wishfort leaves the dressing room?

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

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

4. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?

5. What does the success of Congreve's play depend on?

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