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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 do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?
(a) The need to protect their reputations.
(b) Social convenience.
(c) Love.
(d) Greed.

2. What does Mrs. Fainall reveal to Foible in her mother's dressing room?
(a) She supports Mrs. Marwood in her scheme.
(b) She loves Mrs. Millamant and wants the plan to succeed.
(c) She knows of Mirabell's plans.
(d) She is worried about Lady Wishfort's reaction.

3. Why does Petulant hire three prostitutes?
(a) Feign importance to his peers.
(b) Act as a foil to his popularity.
(c) Satisfy his sexual needs.
(d) Show his lack of social sensitivity.

4. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing to each other in the park?
(a) Questioning each other about their opinion of love.
(b) Investigating each other's love affairs.
(c) Testing each other about Mirabell.
(d) Trying to determine if the other is having an affair.

5. What does Lady Wishfort ask Mrs. Marwood to do after Foible's announcement?
(a) She asks her to accompany her to dinner.
(b) She asks Mrs. Marwood to keep Witwoud and Petulant company.
(c) She asks her help in dressing.
(d) She asks Mrs. Marwood to receive her guests.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the second kind of fool blessed by?

2. What has Mrs. Marwood overheard in her hiding place while Lady Wishfort questions Foible and after Lady Wishfort leaves the room?

3. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?

4. Are the tastes of poets random?

5. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. Describe Lady Wishfort.

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

6. In Act 3, Scene 1, Lady Wishfort is excited about the arrival of Sir Rowland in the evening. In a short paragraph, describe the Sir Rowland plot as shown up to this point. What do you think will happen to Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort?

7. 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?

8. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

9. Who is the most important character in the play? Describe him.

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

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