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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 she loved him.
(d) Because he loved her.

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

3. Who is Sir Rowland?
(a) Foible's husband.
(b) Mirabell's uncle.
(c) Lady Wishfort's lover.
(d) A knight of the realm.

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

5. Where is Mrs. Marwood at the opening of Act 3, Scene 2?
(a) In Lady Wishfort's sitting room.
(b) In Lady Wishfort's dining room.
(c) In Lady Wishfort's closet.
(d) In Lady Wishfort's kitchen.

6. What does Lady Wishfort do when she enters her dressing room?
(a) She invites Mrs. Marwood to stay for dinner.
(b) She dresses for dinner and sends Mrs. Marwood down ahead of her.
(c) She lets Marwood out and apologizes.
(d) She apologizes and asks her to accompany her to dinner.

7. 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 scene is necessary to add more intrigue to the play.
(d) Because the characters stand around and talk about their plans.

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

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. What does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?
(a) She was amused.
(b) She was offended.
(c) She could hardly contain her anger.
(d) She found the situation hilariously funny.

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

12. What is a prologue?
(a) A teaser which will make the audience want to stay for the whole performance.
(b) A part which comes before the audience arrives.
(c) A short synopsis of the coming play.
(d) An introduction.

13. What is a chocolate house?
(a) A place for men to meet.
(b) A new type of coffee shop celebrating the discovery of chocolate.
(c) A meeting place for women.
(d) A shop serving only pastries made of chocolate.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mrs. Marwood answer Fainall when he joins her in the park?

2. What does Foible do when she enters Lady Wishfort's dressing room?

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

4. Why does Mirabell criticize Fainall at the chocolate house?

5. Why did Mirabell pretend to love Lady Wishfort?

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