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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?
(a) As a caricature of courtship.
(b) To conciliate their arrangement.
(c) To demonstrate the honesty of the two characters.
(d) To convey Congreve's opinion of Restoration courtship.
2. Who witnessed the document in the black box?
(a) Witwoud and Petulant.
(b) Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Sir Wilfull.
(d) Foible and Mincing.
3. Why did Congreve use the epilogue?
(a) To urge the critics to praise his play.
(b) It provided the opportunity for a pre-planned response to his critics.
(c) To defy the critics by ranting against their analysis.
(d) It satisfied his need for self-justification.
4. How is this play properly classified?
(a) As a drama.
(b) As a satire.
(c) As a comedy.
(d) As a comedy of manners.
5. How much is Mrs. Millamant's fortune?
(a) Six thousand pounds, a vast fortune.
(b) A small sum, six thousand pounds.
(c) About ten thousand dollars.
(d) The play doesn't state a specific sum.
6. What demands does Mrs. Millamant's discussion with Mirabell about marriage reveal?
(a) She suggests he limit his numerous affairs.
(b) She wants equal rights in her marriage.
(c) She pleads that he not become a drunkard.
(d) She asks him to always be faithful.
7. Why does Mrs. Marwood urge Lady Wishfort to reconsider her desire to hear Fainall's proof of his wife's adultery?
(a) A public scandal would damage the family's reputation.
(b) Mrs. Fainall is still carrying on.
(c) Her daughter betrayed her.
(d) Nothing warrants her daughter's actions.
8. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She says she needs time to think.
(b) She agrees with Mrs. Marwood.
(c) She disagrees with Mrs. Marwood.
(d) She complains of a headache and goes to lie down.
9. What does Sir Wilfull Witwoud's remarks on Wishfort's dressing reveal about his character?
(a) Suggests she had been ill.
(b) Reveals his ignorance of city manners.
(c) Demonstrates his wit and charm.
(d) Acknowledge her right to leisure.
10. What does the item that Waitwell brings into the room in the last scene contain?
(a) A document from Mrs. Fainall placing her fortune in Mirabell's trust before her marriage to Fainall.
(b) Proof of Mrs. Marwood's lies.
(c) Sir Rowland's documents of identity.
(d) A marriage certificate between Waitwell and Foible.
11. What is the consequence of the revelation made by Mirabell concerning Mrs. Fainall?
(a) Sir Wilfull decides to marry Lady Wishfort.
(b) Fainall and Marwood become resigned to their failure.
(c) Lady Wishfort says she must give Mrs. Millamant to Mirabell.
(d) Mrs. Millamant refuses to marry Sir Wilfull.
12. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?
(a) A speech defending one's position before the other characters.
(b) A speech given by a character to reveal his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to other characters.
(c) A short speech to another character.
(d) A heartfelt speech aimed at convincing the audience of one's justification in a certain act.
13. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?
14. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
(a) Prevent Fainall from divorcing Mrs. Fainall.
(b) Stop Fainall from killing Mrs. Fainall.
(c) Defeat Fainall's machinations.
(d) Keep Sir Wilfull from marrying Mrs. Millamant.
15. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) Lady Wishfort.
(b) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Sir Wilfull.
Short Answer Questions
1. What has happened to Waitwell after Lady Wishfort discovers what he really is?
2. Why are failed poets unable to judge Congreve's play?
3. What happens when Mincing enters the room in Act 3, Scene 3?
4. What qualities is the proposed marriage between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort rooted in?
5. Why is Congreve's play timeless?
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