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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
(a) Stop Fainall from killing Mrs. Fainall.
(b) Prevent Fainall from divorcing Mrs. Fainall.
(c) Keep Sir Wilfull from marrying Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Defeat Fainall's machinations.
2. Why is the Fainall marriage over?
(a) Because Mrs. Fainall wants a divorce.
(b) Because Lady Wishfort feels her daughter could do better.
(c) Because Mrs. Marwood told Fainall of his wife's affair with Mirabell.
(d) Because Mrs. Fainall has learned of his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
3. What does Sir Rowland claim as he enters the dining room and greets Lady Wishfort?
(a) He will be patient and wait for the wedding to occur.
(b) He wants to have a quiet wedding in the country.
(c) He claims that Mirabell will starve him to prevent their marriage.
(d) He will die of a broken heart if their marriage is delayed.
4. What does Mrs. Marwood's discussion with Fainall reveal about her character?
(a) It conveys her willingness to hurt anyone in order to get her way.
(b) It suggests Fainall blackmailed Mirabell about his affair with his wife, Mrs. Fainall.
(c) It demonstrates her ability to get information from anyone.
(d) It shows she conspires with him often.
5. What does Congreve's cheerful discussion of marriage reveal to the audience?
(a) He shows the true concept of marriage at the time.
(b) He offers a serious commentary on love.
(c) He feelings that marriage should be based on true communication and understanding.
(d) He illustrates the ways marriage can be perverted.
6. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?
7. Congreve's character Mirabell is a master ________ .
(a) Of all trades.
8. What advice does Mirabell give Lady Wishfort when she protests Fainall's demands?
(a) To throw Fainall out of her house.
(b) To allow him to help.
(c) To simply refuse and face the consequences.
(d) To have Fainall arrested for blackmail.
9. How does Mrs. Millamant show her devilish attitude during her chat with Mrs. Marwood?
(a) She demands Mrs. Marwood sing a song.
(b) She makes remarks about Mrs. Marwood's age.
(c) She fusses at Mincing.
(d) She states she doesn't believe Mrs. Marwood's relationships are noble.
10. Congreve's claim that there are three types of critics includes all except one of the following. Which one is it?
(a) Failed poets who have no qualifications for judging others.
(b) Other successful playwrights.
(c) Those who always dislike the plays they see.
(d) Tabloid reporters.
11. What problem must Lady Wishfort solve instead of attending Sir Rowland at the end of Act 4, Scene 1?
(a) Petulant's lady friends who are outside the house.
(b) Problems between Mrs. Fainall and her husband.
(c) The drunkenness of her other male guests.
(d) Mirabell's argument with Mrs. Millamant.
12. How much is Mrs. Millamant's fortune?
(a) Six thousand pounds, a vast fortune.
(b) The play doesn't state a specific sum.
(c) About ten thousand dollars.
(d) A small sum, six thousand pounds.
13. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?
(a) Lady Wishfort's estate after her death.
(b) Mrs. Millamant's dowry.
(c) A divorce from his wife.
(d) Mrs. Fainall's fortune.
14. What inconvenience does Foible point out about Sir Rowland to Lady Wishfort?
(a) He was already married to her, Foible.
(b) He didn't love Lady Wishfort.
(c) He wanted to remain a bachelor.
(d) He was gay.
15. What does Mrs. Marwood do to stop the argument between Petulant and Sir Wilfull in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) She says she has a headache.
(b) She asks them to be quiet.
(c) She introduces the two brothers.
(d) She asks Sir Wilfull to stay in the city.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?
2. What has happened to Waitwell after Lady Wishfort discovers what he really is?
3. Why does Congreve say these critics should be the subject of onstage satire?
4. How does Mrs. Millamant react to Mirabell's visit and finishing the poem she is reciting?
5. As Act 3, Scene 3 opens, Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Marwood are talking. What do we learn from their interaction?
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