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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Lady Wishfort demonstrate when she agrees to Fainall and Mrs. Marwood's schemes?
(a) She believes in the high moral standards of her peers.
(b) She is a good Christian lady.
(c) She is subject to society's norms and opinions.
(d) She is too trusting.
2. What does Congreve believe about good satirists?
(a) They have the freedom to lampoon the famous.
(b) They should enjoy their power.
(c) They should keep their subjects anonymous.
(d) They have the obligation to discuss sexual topics in a funny way.
3. Why does Sir Wilfull bow out of his marriage arrangement with Mrs. Millamant?
(a) He does not like the city environment of lies and deceit.
(b) He wants to go home.
(c) He enjoys drinking and carousing with his friends.
(d) He likes being a free man.
4. What seems to determine the success of the characters in the play?
(a) Their plots.
(b) Their beliefs.
(c) Their greed.
(d) Their motivations.
5. Which room in Lady Wishfort's house is the setting for Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) The conservatory.
(b) The parlor.
(c) The dining room.
(d) The drawing room.
6. Why would tabloid reporters be unable to judge the play?
(a) They are gossip mongers.
(b) They are unscrupulous.
(c) Because they want to connect famous people with the characters.
(d) They have no training in theater arts.
7. Who witnessed the document in the black box?
(a) Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Foible and Mincing.
(c) Sir Wilfull.
(d) Witwoud and Petulant.
8. Why is Sir Wilfull unsuccessful when he tries to woo Mrs. Millamant?
(a) Because he is too drunk to succeed.
(b) Because he has no idea of what he is doing.
(c) Because he is a fool that prefers horses.
(d) Because he is too ignorant and is easily defeated by Mrs. Millamant.
9. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to the revelations of Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She praises Mrs. Fainall's prudence.
(b) She thanks her daughter for her deviousness.
(c) She is upset.
(d) She is grateful to her daughter.
10. What does the final couplet of the play warn the audience against?
(d) Falsehood and adultery in marriage.
11. What does Mrs. Millamant ask Witwoud and Petulant as they enter the room in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) If they would sing with Mrs. Marwood.
(b) If they have stopped arguing.
(c) Where Sir Wilfull is.
(d) Who Sir Wilfull is.
12. Why did Congreve use the epilogue?
(a) To urge the critics to praise his play.
(b) To defy the critics by ranting against their analysis.
(c) It provided the opportunity for a pre-planned response to his critics.
(d) It satisfied his need for self-justification.
13. Who delivered the epilogue?
(a) Congreve himself.
(b) A special reader.
(c) Congreve's wife.
(d) The same actress who played Mrs. Millamant.
14. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?
(a) A heartfelt speech aimed at convincing the audience of one's justification in a certain act.
(b) A short speech to another character.
(c) A speech given by a character to reveal his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to other characters.
(d) A speech defending one's position before the other characters.
15. What does Mrs. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?
(a) Help her defeat her husband.
(b) Vouch for her morals.
(c) Catch her husband cheating on her.
(d) Calm her mother.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is this play properly classified?
2. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?
3. Why does Lady Wishfort dismiss Foible?
4. When accused of adultery, what does Mrs. Fainall do?
5. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?
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