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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Foible tell Lady Wishfort all but one of the following. Which statement is incorrect?
(a) Sir Rowland loves Wishfort's picture.
(b) Make-up will help her look young.
(c) Mirabell said Wishfort was old.
(d) Mrs. Marwood is watching Foible.

2. How does Mrs. Marwood attack Fainall when he angers her?
(a) By saying he stole from her.
(b) By saying he told lies about her to Lady Wishfort.
(c) By saying he has deceived her.
(d) By saying he wrecked her reputation.

3. All of the following are true except one. As Mrs. Marwood discovers Mirabell's plot, she ______ .
(a) Vows revenge.
(b) Feels angry with Mrs. Wishfort.
(c) Plots to destroy Mirabell's scheme.
(d) Wants him to fail.

4. Why does Wishfort dislike Mirabell?
(a) Mirabel loves Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Wishfort is jealous of Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Marwood is Mirabell's mistress.
(d) Mirabell tricked Wishfort into believing he loved her.

5. Why does Mrs. Marwood only want to pretend she is cuckolding her husband?
(a) Because she thinks he loves Mrs. Millimant.
(b) Because she thinks he doesn't love her any more.
(c) Because he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.
(d) Because he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Mrs. Marwood at the opening of Act 3, Scene 2?

2. Which word best describes what Mincing believes Witwoud to be?

3. What is Sir Wilfull's relationship with Lady Wishfort?

4. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?

5. Another dramatic device is used in the final lines of Act 1, Scene 1 when Mirabell hints at a scheme involving Wishfort's maid. This device is known as:

Short Essay Questions

1. What opinion do you have of Mirabell's trickery in pretending to love Lady Wishfort in order to marry Mrs. Millamant? Is this too far-fetched to be believable or is it a possibility? Explain your point of view using specific examples from the play.

2. Describe what we know about Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1.

3. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

4. Congreve says the play doesn't contain satire yet the play is full of satirical pictures of different behaviors by the characters. Why do you think he made this statement?

5. Describe Mirabell's feelings for Mrs. Millamant when he discusses his love for her with Fainall in Act 1, Scene 2 in the chocolate house.

6. Describe Mirabell's plan to marry Mrs. Millamant.

7. Why are fame and fortune said to be 'fleeting'?

8. Why does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort she has seen Foible with Mirabell?

9. What is the relationship between Lady Wishfort and Mrs. Marwood?

10. In what way(s) is the play different from the usual farce audiences were accustomed to?

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