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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Act 2, Scene 2 reveals the reason Mrs. Fainall married her husband. What was the reason?
(a) To protect her reputation.
(b) To legitimize her pregnancy.
(c) To acquire her husband's money.
(d) Because she loved him.

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

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

4. Why is the theatrical device 'eavesdropping' used by Marwood comical?
(a) She is forced to listen to the other character's true opinions of her.
(b) She wants revenge on Mirabell.
(c) She is self-important.
(d) She is intrigued by the plots going on.

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

6. What does Foible convince Lady Wishfort to announce about the uncle?
(a) He is coming to marry Mrs. Marwood.
(b) He is coming to marry Lady Wishfort.
(c) He is coming to marry Mrs. Millamant.
(d) He is coming to marry Mrs. Fainall.

7. What does the scene where Mrs. Marwood is left in the closet reveal about her?
(a) She is a nasty character with no true friends.
(b) She is angry at Mirabell but still wants him as her lover.
(c) She is upset at being left in the closet by Lady Wishfort.
(d) She is eager to marry Sir Wilfull.

8. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) Discussing their husbands.
(b) Discussing their lovers.
(c) Discussing men while they walk.
(d) Talking about Mrs. Millamant.

9. Are the tastes of poets random?
(a) Yes.
(b) Perhaps.
(c) No.
(d) Sometimes.

10. Who told Lady Wishfort about Mirabell's deception?
(a) Mrs. Marwood.
(b) Foible.
(c) Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Fainall.

11. 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.

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

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

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

15. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?
(a) It gives him a platform where he can answer his critics.
(b) It shows how the poet is always in charge of the performance.
(c) It serves as a sounding board for his concept of drama.
(d) It allows him to introduce the themes of the play.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the dramatic device of naming characters that are symbolic of their personality traits allow the playwright Congreve to do?

2. What does Mirabell's plan consist of?

3. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?

4. Where is Mrs. Marwood at the opening of Act 3, Scene 2?

5. What word best describes the relationship Fainall has with Mrs. Marwood?

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