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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the final couplet of the play warn the audience against?
(a) Falsehood and adultery in marriage.
(b) Vanity.
(c) Greed.
(d) Love.

2. How is this play properly classified?
(a) As a satire.
(b) As a drama.
(c) As a comedy.
(d) As a comedy of manners.

3. 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 short speech to another character.
(c) A heartfelt speech aimed at convincing the audience of one's justification in a certain act.
(d) A speech given by a character to reveal his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to other characters.

4. 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) A marriage certificate between Waitwell and Foible.
(c) Proof of Mrs. Marwood's lies.
(d) Sir Rowland's documents of identity.

5. Why did Congreve use the epilogue?
(a) To urge the critics to praise his play.
(b) It satisfied his need for self-justification.
(c) To defy the critics by ranting against their analysis.
(d) It provided the opportunity for a pre-planned response to his critics.

6. What qualities is the proposed marriage between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort rooted in?
(a) Adultery, deceit, and pretentiousness.
(b) Vanity, greed and lies.
(c) Society's conception of marriage, illicit sex, and lies.
(d) Falsehood, deceit and conformity with society's expectations.

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

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

9. Why does Lady Wishfort praise Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2?
(a) Because Marwood is a cultured lady who dislikes low morals.
(b) Because Marwood disavows Mirabell and Sir Rowland.
(c) Because Marwood revealed Mirabell's plot against her.
(d) Because she believes Marwood is a generous person.

10. What does Sir Wilfull Witwoud's remarks on Wishfort's dressing reveal about his character?
(a) Reveals his ignorance of city manners.
(b) Demonstrates his wit and charm.
(c) Suggests she had been ill.
(d) Acknowledge her right to leisure.

11. Why would tabloid reporters be unable to judge the play?
(a) Because they want to connect famous people with the characters.
(b) They are gossip mongers.
(c) They have no training in theater arts.
(d) They are unscrupulous.

12. What does the expression 'errant knave' mean?
(a) A ladies' champion.
(b) A man of high birth.
(c) A fool on a mission.
(d) A chivalrous man.

13. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?
(a) Dancing.
(b) Skits.
(c) Music.
(d) Cologne.

14. What demands does Mrs. Millamant's discussion with Mirabell about marriage reveal?
(a) She suggests he limit his numerous affairs.
(b) She pleads that he not become a drunkard.
(c) She asks him to always be faithful.
(d) She wants equal rights in her marriage.

15. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?
(a) Asks him to a duel.
(b) Suggests Fainall leave with Mrs. Marwood.
(c) Exposes his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Tells Fainall that he is a liar and a cheat.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foible tell Mrs. Millamant when she reaches her in Act 4, Scene 1?

2. How much is Mrs. Millamant's fortune?

3. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?

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

5. Why does Mrs. Millamant leave the room after the arrival of Witwoud and Petulant?

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