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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which character(s) is/are not present in Lady Wishfort's dining room?
(a) Lady Wishfort.
(b) Sir Wilfull and Witwoud.
(c) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Mirabell and Fainall.
2. 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.
3. How is this play properly classified?
(a) As a comedy of manners.
(b) As a comedy.
(c) As a drama.
(d) As a satire.
4. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?
(a) Tells Fainall that he is a liar and a cheat.
(b) Asks him to a duel.
(c) Exposes his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Suggests Fainall leave with Mrs. Marwood.
5. Why are failed poets unable to judge Congreve's play?
(a) They would never agree that someone else is successful.
(b) They would be jealous.
(c) They simply lack the ability to judge another poet's work.
(d) They have no standards as they have already been proven failures.
6. What is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?
(a) Lecturing Sir Wilfull on his drunkenness.
(b) Having tea with her guests.
(c) Chatting casually.
(d) Playing cards with her guests.
7. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(b) Lady Wishfort.
(c) Sir Wilfull.
(d) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
8. Congreve's character Mirabell is a master ________ .
(d) Of all trades.
9. As Act 3, Scene 3 opens, Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Marwood are talking. What do we learn from their interaction?
(a) How they feel about Petulant and Witwoud.
(b) Their beliefs about the 'game' of love.
(c) Their true characters.
(d) Their feelings about Mirabell's romances.
10. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to the revelations of Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She thanks her daughter for her deviousness.
(b) She is upset.
(c) She is grateful to her daughter.
(d) She praises Mrs. Fainall's prudence.
11. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?
(a) Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Mrs. Fainall.
(c) His master, Mirabell.
12. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?
(a) A short speech to another character.
(b) A heartfelt speech aimed at convincing the audience of one's justification in a certain act.
(c) A speech defending one's position before the other characters.
(d) A speech given by a character to reveal his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to other characters.
13. What has happened to Waitwell after Lady Wishfort discovers what he really is?
(a) Mirabell fires him.
(b) Fainall had him arrested.
(c) Foible tries to kill him.
(d) Mrs. Marwood berates him.
14. What does Mrs. Marwood do to stop the argument between Petulant and Sir Wilfull in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) She asks them to be quiet.
(b) She says she has a headache.
(c) She introduces the two brothers.
(d) She asks Sir Wilfull to stay in the city.
15. Who would have received Mrs. Millamant's fortune if Lady Wishfort took it from her?
(a) Her husband.
(c) Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Lady Wishfort.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?
2. Why does Mrs. Millamant agree to marry Sir Wilfull?
3. What are the first poets going to do when judging a play?
4. What is the consequence of the revelation made by Mirabell concerning Mrs. Fainall?
5. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?
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