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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What social issues did the play focus on?
(a) Love and marriage arrangements.
(b) Love and honesty between equals.
(c) Honesty in all aspects of life.
(d) Love, marriage, and honesty.
2. 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.
3. Why does Congreve say these critics should be the subject of onstage satire?
(a) Because they are not important enough to bother with.
(b) Because this would inflate their sense of self-importance.
(c) Because critics should not be made fun of since they hold a lot of power with the public.
(d) Because they would retaliate.
4. What does Mrs. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?
(a) Catch her husband cheating on her.
(b) Calm her mother.
(c) Help her defeat her husband.
(d) Vouch for her morals.
5. Why does Lady Wishfort dismiss Foible?
(a) Foible was plotting with Mirabell.
(b) Lady Wishfort could not consummate her marriage to Sir Rowland.
(c) Mrs. Fainall had an affair with Mirabell.
(d) Waitwell went to jail.
6. Why is the Fainall marriage over?
(a) Because Lady Wishfort feels her daughter could do better.
(b) Because Mrs. Fainall has learned of his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
(c) Because Mrs. Fainall wants a divorce.
(d) Because Mrs. Marwood told Fainall of his wife's affair with Mirabell.
7. 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) Sir Rowland's documents of identity.
(c) A marriage certificate between Waitwell and Foible.
(d) Proof of Mrs. Marwood's lies.
8. Why are failed poets unable to judge Congreve's play?
(a) They would be jealous.
(b) They simply lack the ability to judge another poet's work.
(c) They have no standards as they have already been proven failures.
(d) They would never agree that someone else is successful.
9. How do Fainall and Mrs. Marwood decide to reveal Mirabell's plan to Lady Wishfort?
(a) In an anonymous letter.
(b) Demanding Mirabell confesses.
(c) Through servants.
(d) By talking to her.
10. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) Lady Wishfort.
(b) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Sir Wilfull.
11. What has happened to Waitwell after Lady Wishfort discovers what he really is?
(a) Foible tries to kill him.
(b) Fainall had him arrested.
(c) Mirabell fires him.
(d) Mrs. Marwood berates him.
12. 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.
13. Why does Lady Wishfort criticize her daughter, Mrs. Fainall?
(a) Because she discovers she is an adulteress.
(b) She is jealous of her love affairs.
(c) She believes the moral example she set should have been followed.
(d) Mrs. Marwood convinces her of Mrs. Fainall's chastity.
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) Other successful playwrights.
(c) Tabloid reporters.
(d) Failed poets who have no qualifications for judging others.
15. 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.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?
2. Why is Sir Wilfull unsuccessful when he tries to woo Mrs. Millamant?
3. What does Congreve believe about good satirists?
4. What inconvenience does Foible point out about Sir Rowland to Lady Wishfort?
5. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?
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