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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 is a good Christian lady.
(b) She is subject to society's norms and opinions.
(c) She is too trusting.
(d) She believes in the high moral standards of her peers.
2. Why does Lady Wishfort claim she cannot turn over her fortune to Fainall?
(a) Because she has no fortune.
(b) Because she doesn't like being blackmailed.
(c) Because Mrs. Millamant has agreed to marry Sir Wilfull.
(d) Because of her legal counsel.
3. What is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?
(a) Chatting casually.
(b) Playing cards with her guests.
(c) Having tea with her guests.
(d) Lecturing Sir Wilfull on his drunkenness.
4. Which room in Lady Wishfort's house is the setting for Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) The conservatory.
(b) The drawing room.
(c) The dining room.
(d) The parlor.
5. How much is Mrs. Millamant's fortune?
(a) A small sum, six thousand pounds.
(b) The play doesn't state a specific sum.
(c) Six thousand pounds, a vast fortune.
(d) About ten thousand dollars.
6. 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) A black box with a ring for their engagement.
(c) Certain personal documents of Lady Wishfort.
(d) Proof of his identity.
7. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?
(a) Mrs. Fainall's fortune.
(b) Lady Wishfort's estate after her death.
(c) Mrs. Millamant's dowry.
(d) A divorce from his wife.
8. What does Sir Rowland claim as he enters the dining room and greets Lady Wishfort?
(a) He wants to have a quiet wedding in the country.
(b) He will die of a broken heart if their marriage is delayed.
(c) He claims that Mirabell will starve him to prevent their marriage.
(d) He will be patient and wait for the wedding to occur.
9. What does Foible claim that Lady Wishfort will discover about Waitwell?
(a) He is an errant knave.
(b) He is a knight of the realm.
(c) He is a scoundrel.
(d) He is a gentleman.
10. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(b) Lady Wishfort.
(c) Sir Wilfull.
(d) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
11. Why is the Fainall marriage over?
(a) Because Mrs. Marwood told Fainall of his wife's affair with Mirabell.
(b) Because Mrs. Fainall wants a divorce.
(c) Because Lady Wishfort feels her daughter could do better.
(d) Because Mrs. Fainall has learned of his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
12. What does the final couplet of the play warn the audience against?
(a) Falsehood and adultery in marriage.
13. Why did Congreve use the epilogue?
(a) It provided the opportunity for a pre-planned response to his critics.
(b) To urge the critics to praise his play.
(c) It satisfied his need for self-justification.
(d) To defy the critics by ranting against their analysis.
14. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?
(a) To conciliate their arrangement.
(b) As a caricature of courtship.
(c) To convey Congreve's opinion of Restoration courtship.
(d) To demonstrate the honesty of the two characters.
15. What does Waitwell bring into the room in the last scene?
(a) The black box.
(b) His personal documents.
(c) His marriage contract with Lady Wishfort.
(d) His marriage certificate.
Short Answer Questions
1. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
2. Why does Lady Wishfort praise Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2?
3. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?
4. Who delivered the epilogue?
5. As Lady Wishfort steps out of the dining room to read a letter, what does Waitwell claim to Foible?
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