The Way of the World Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Millamant leave the room after the arrival of Witwoud and Petulant?
(a) She believes that Mirabell is coming.
(b) She dislikes them.
(c) She becomes frustrated with Witwoud and Petulant.
(d) She needs to get dressed for dinner.

2. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?
(a) His master, Mirabell.
(b) Mrs. Fainall.
(c) Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Foible.

3. What does Waitwell bring into the room in the last scene?
(a) His personal documents.
(b) The black box.
(c) His marriage certificate.
(d) His marriage contract with Lady Wishfort.

4. When accused of adultery, what does Mrs. Fainall do?
(a) Lies and denies everything.
(b) Begs her mother's forgiveness.
(c) Demands Mrs. Marwood produce proof of her infidelity.
(d) Slaps Mrs. Marwood.

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

6. As Act 3, Scene 3 opens, Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Marwood are talking. What do we learn from their interaction?
(a) Their beliefs about the 'game' of love.
(b) How they feel about Petulant and Witwoud.
(c) Their feelings about Mirabell's romances.
(d) Their true characters.

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

8. What qualities is the proposed marriage between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort rooted in?
(a) Adultery, deceit, and pretentiousness.
(b) Vanity, greed and lies.
(c) Society's conception of marriage, illicit sex, and lies.
(d) Falsehood, deceit and conformity with society's expectations.

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

10. What does the final couplet of the play warn the audience against?
(a) Vanity.
(b) Falsehood and adultery in marriage.
(c) Love.
(d) Greed.

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

12. Why would tabloid reporters be unable to judge the play?
(a) They have no training in theater arts.
(b) Because they want to connect famous people with the characters.
(c) They are gossip mongers.
(d) They are unscrupulous.

13. Who delivered the epilogue?
(a) A special reader.
(b) Congreve's wife.
(c) The same actress who played Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Congreve himself.

14. Congreve's claim that there are three types of critics includes all except one of the following. Which one is it?
(a) Those who always dislike the plays they see.
(b) Failed poets who have no qualifications for judging others.
(c) Tabloid reporters.
(d) Other successful playwrights.

15. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?
(a) She creates an out for Mirabell and destroys Lady Wishfort's plan to marry Sir Rowland.
(b) She pleases Lady Wishfort and retains her fortune.
(c) She angers Sir Wilfull Witwoud and Fainall.
(d) She frustrates Mrs. Marwood and pleases Fainall.

Short Answer Questions

1. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?

2. Who would have received Mrs. Millamant's fortune if Lady Wishfort took it from her?

3. Which character(s) is/are not present in Lady Wishfort's dining room?

4. Why were Witwoud and Petulant arguing at the end of Act 4, Scent 1?

5. How is this play properly classified?

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