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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. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?
(a) So that she will give Mrs. Millamant her money.
(b) So she will not interfere with their marriage.
(c) So that she leaves her fortune to Mrs. Millamant.
(d) So that she will divide her estate.

2. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) As a symbol of how people cover themselves up.
(b) As a symbol of loose morals.
(c) As a way to disguise age.
(d) As a device to mask one's feelings.

3. Does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort everything she overheard?
(a) No.
(b) Yes.
(c) We don't know.
(d) It is impossible to say.

4. What does the scene where Mrs. Marwood is left in the closet reveal about her?
(a) She is a nasty character with no true friends.
(b) She is angry at Mirabell but still wants him as her lover.
(c) She is upset at being left in the closet by Lady Wishfort.
(d) She is eager to marry Sir Wilfull.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?

2. What does the success of Congreve's play depend on?

3. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?

4. What does Mirabell state that he believes about Mrs. Millamant to Fainall?

5. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mrs. Marwood is someone who thinks of revenge when others cross her. What scheme do you think Mrs. Marwood is planning to extract her revenge on Mirabell?

2. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

3. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?

4. Why is Mrs. Marwood trying to provoke Mrs. Millamant in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

6. Explain the importance of the discussion of their marriage by Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell.

7. Explain Fainall's circumstances as we know them by Act 2, Scene 1. What is his relationship with the women in the play?

8. Why does Congreve believe that 'natural fools' are blessed by fortune?

9. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.

10. Do you think that a prologue is a good way to introduce a play? Why or why not?

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