The Way of the World Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why were Witwoud and Petulant arguing at the end of Act 4, Scent 1?
(a) It is the result of Fainall's plan to keep Sir Wilfull from obtaining Lady Wishfort's approval.
(b) Fainall is trying to keep Mrs. Millamant and Sir Wilfull together.
(c) They were drunk and garrulous.
(d) They dislike Fainall and Sir Wilfull.

2. What are the first poets going to do when judging a play?
(a) Insult the dramatist.
(b) Say it is unworthy of the playwright.
(c) Say they dislike it, because they always dislike the plays they see.
(d) Suggest the author is unable to produce another good work.

3. What does Sir Rowland claim as he enters the dining room and greets Lady Wishfort?
(a) He will die of a broken heart if their marriage is delayed.
(b) He wants to have a quiet wedding in the country.
(c) He claims that Mirabell will starve him to prevent their marriage.
(d) He will be patient and wait for the wedding to occur.

4. As Lady Wishfort steps out of the dining room to read a letter, what does Waitwell claim to Foible?
(a) He is rather tired of this pretense.
(b) He would rather be a chairman than Wishfort's husband.
(c) He knows he is in over his head.
(d) He thinks Lady Wishfort is obsessed with sex.

5. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?
(a) A short speech to another character.
(b) A heartfelt speech aimed at convincing the audience of one's justification in a certain act.
(c) A speech defending one's position before the other characters.
(d) A speech given by a character to reveal his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to other characters.

6. Why does Mrs. Marwood urge Lady Wishfort to reconsider her desire to hear Fainall's proof of his wife's adultery?
(a) Mrs. Fainall is still carrying on.
(b) Nothing warrants her daughter's actions.
(c) Her daughter betrayed her.
(d) A public scandal would damage the family's reputation.

7. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?
(a) As a caricature of courtship.
(b) To demonstrate the honesty of the two characters.
(c) To conciliate their arrangement.
(d) To convey Congreve's opinion of Restoration courtship.

8. What else does Sir Wilfull say when he apologizes for his drunken behavior?
(a) Says he is ready to marry Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Claims he must continue with his travels.
(c) Promises that he will never drink again.
(d) States that he is leaving on his travels.

9. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?
(a) Dancing.
(b) Cologne.
(c) Skits.
(d) Music.

10. Why does Lady Wishfort praise Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2?
(a) Because Marwood disavows Mirabell and Sir Rowland.
(b) Because she believes Marwood is a generous person.
(c) Because Marwood is a cultured lady who dislikes low morals.
(d) Because Marwood revealed Mirabell's plot against her.

11. All of the following characteristics of Lady Wishfort's girlish excitement at Sir Rowland's visit are revealed except one. Which characteristic is not true of Lady Wishfort?
(a) She is a genuine person.
(b) She is a typical lady of Restoration society.
(c) She is a vain fool.
(d) She is an aging woman.

12. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?
(a) He states he is divorcing her daughter.
(b) He begins to dictate his terms.
(c) He suggests Lady Wishfort make him an offer.
(d) He greets Mrs. Marwood a kiss.

13. Why are failed poets unable to judge Congreve's play?
(a) They simply lack the ability to judge another poet's work.
(b) They have no standards as they have already been proven failures.
(c) They would never agree that someone else is successful.
(d) They would be jealous.

14. What does Waitwell promise to bring Lady Wishfort when he is revealed as an impostor?
(a) A black box containing a gift for Lady Wishfort.
(b) Proof of his identity.
(c) A black box with a ring for their engagement.
(d) Certain personal documents of Lady Wishfort.

15. Who would have received Mrs. Millamant's fortune if Lady Wishfort took it from her?
(a) Fainall.
(b) Lady Wishfort.
(c) Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Her husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do we know Lady Wishfort has not read the entire letter?

2. What does Congreve believe about good satirists?

3. Who delivered the epilogue?

4. What does Lady Wishfort demonstrate when she agrees to Fainall and Mrs. Marwood's schemes?

5. What does Mirabell, on the other hand, ask of Mrs. Millamant if they are married?

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