The Way of the World Test | Final Test - Easy

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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 demonstrate the honesty of the two characters.
(c) To conciliate their arrangement.
(d) To convey Congreve's opinion of Restoration courtship.

2. What happens when Mincing enters the room in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) Lady Wishfort speaks to Mrs. Marwood.
(b) Fainall speaks to his wife.
(c) Everyone leaves except Fainall and Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Everyone greets Sir Wilfull.

3. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?
(a) Mrs. Millamant's dowry.
(b) Mrs. Fainall's fortune.
(c) A divorce from his wife.
(d) Lady Wishfort's estate after her death.

4. How does Mrs. Millamant react to Mirabell's visit and finishing the poem she is reciting?
(a) She is indifferent to his proposal.
(b) She feels hurt that he has asked for so many terms in the marriage proposal.
(c) She professes her love for him to Mrs. Fainall when Mirabell leaves.
(d) She feels relief that he didn't argue with Lady Wishfort.

5. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
(a) Keep Sir Wilfull from marrying Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Defeat Fainall's machinations.
(c) Prevent Fainall from divorcing Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Stop Fainall from killing Mrs. Fainall.

6. 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) Tabloid reporters.
(c) Other successful playwrights.
(d) Failed poets who have no qualifications for judging others.

7. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?
(a) The marriage contract is actually a fake.
(b) Sir Rowland is an imposter.
(c) Sir Rowland is actually an errant knight.
(d) The contents of Sir Rowland's black box.

8. Which character(s) is/are not present in Lady Wishfort's dining room?
(a) Sir Wilfull and Witwoud.
(b) Lady Wishfort.
(c) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Mirabell and Fainall.

9. Why is Fainall upset with Mrs. Marwood at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) Because his wife shouldn't be having an affair with Mirabell, so he is angry at the world.
(b) Because he loves Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Because she is clearly not in love with him.
(d) Because she spoiled his plans to get Mrs. Millamant's fortune.

10. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to the revelations of Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She praises Mrs. Fainall's prudence.
(b) She is upset.
(c) She is grateful to her daughter.
(d) She thanks her daughter for her deviousness.

11. Why were Witwoud and Petulant arguing at the end of Act 4, Scent 1?
(a) Fainall is trying to keep Mrs. Millamant and Sir Wilfull together.
(b) They dislike Fainall and Sir Wilfull.
(c) They were drunk and garrulous.
(d) It is the result of Fainall's plan to keep Sir Wilfull from obtaining Lady Wishfort's approval.

12. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) Lady Wishfort.
(b) Sir Wilfull.
(c) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Witwoud.

13. 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.

14. Why does Lady Wishfort claim she cannot turn over her fortune to Fainall?
(a) Because Mrs. Millamant has agreed to marry Sir Wilfull.
(b) Because she doesn't like being blackmailed.
(c) Because she has no fortune.
(d) Because of her legal counsel.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Mrs. Fainall?

2. Why is Congreve's play timeless?

3. Why is the Fainall marriage over?

4. Why does Sir Wilfull bow out of his marriage arrangement with Mrs. Millamant?

5. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?

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