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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 is Sir Wilfull's relationship with Lady Wishfort?
(a) He is her son.
(b) He is her uncle.
(c) He is her brother.
(d) He is her nephew.

2. What did Lady Wishfort say or do that offended Mirabell?
(a) She laughed at him.
(b) She said that Mirabell should leave.
(c) She ignored Mirabell and talked only with Fainall.
(d) She commented that some people overstay their welcome.

3. What does Mirabell's plan consist of?
(a) Hiding his true feelings about Mrs. Fainall.
(b) Trying to make others believe that he wasn't interested in Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Entering into a plot with Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Winning Mrs. Millamant's aunt's favor so she would give her blessing.

4. Why is eavesdropping so successful in Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) Because the scene is necessary to add more intrigue to the play.
(b) Because the characters needs to tell the audience what is going to happen next.
(c) Because the characters stand around and talk about their plans.
(d) Because Mrs. Marwood needs to be told off.

5. Who are Witwoud and Petulant?
(a) Important gentlemen of this social group.
(b) Lady Wishfort's servants.
(c) Followers of Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Mrs. Millamant's servants.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?

2. What does Mrs. Fainall reveal to Foible in her mother's dressing room?

3. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.

4. Who is Sir Rowland?

5. What does Mrs. Marwood say to Mrs. Fainall about men?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

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

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

4. 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.

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

6. Describe Mirabell's character.

7. What are some of the ways in which Mrs. Marwood is able to manipulate the men around her?

8. Is Congreve being facetious when he says the play's purpose is to entertain the audience and not instruct them about life?

9. What do you think that Mirabell's scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant will entail?

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

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