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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. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) Discussing men while they walk.
(b) Talking about Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Discussing their lovers.
(d) Discussing their husbands.

2. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?
(a) Gullible.
(b) Old.
(c) Humorless.
(d) Vain.

3. What does Lady Wishfort do when she enters her dressing room?
(a) She lets Marwood out and apologizes.
(b) She invites Mrs. Marwood to stay for dinner.
(c) She apologizes and asks her to accompany her to dinner.
(d) She dresses for dinner and sends Mrs. Marwood down ahead of her.

4. What does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall when Lady Wishfort leaves the dressing room?
(a) She has hidden Mrs. Marwood in the closet.
(b) She insulted Mrs. Marwood.
(c) She wed Waitwell.
(d) She has angered Lady Wishfort.

5. Why are poets often fooled?
(a) They believe what people tell them to their face.
(b) They don't study their critics.
(c) They are fooled into believing that one successful play means the next one will be successful also.
(d) They believe in their work and expect others to understand and like it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Fainall claim about Mrs. Marwood?

2. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. What does Mrs. Marwood claim while talking to Mrs. Fainall?

4. Why does Mrs. Marwood only want to pretend she is cuckolding her husband?

5. How does Mrs. Marwood answer Fainall when he joins her in the park?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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

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

5. Describe how the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1 become a symbol.

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

7. Why does Mrs. Fainall support Mirabell's plans?

8. Describe Lady Wishfort.

9. What do you think is Congreve's purpose in establishing an affair between Fainall and Mrs. Marwood?

10. 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?

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