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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 does Mrs. Marwood say to Mrs. Fainall about men?
(a) She is in love with Mirabell.
(b) She loves her husband.
(c) She is having an affair.
(d) She hates all men.

2. What does Mirabell suggest that Mrs. Fainall do if she no longer loves her husband?
(a) Divorce him.
(b) Kill him.
(c) Maintain a status quo with him.
(d) Ignore him.

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

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

5. How does Witwoud describe Petulant?
(a) As a blockhead.
(b) As a person lacking breeding.
(c) As a monster similar to Caliban.
(d) As humorless.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foible do when she enters Lady Wishfort's dressing room?

2. What is a cabal?

3. Who is Sir Rowland?

4. What news does the footman bring Mirabell at the chocolate house?

5. Why did Mirabell pretend to love Lady Wishfort?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Fainall's character.

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

3. 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?

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

5. Is Congreve's use of character names symbolic of their personalities an effective device?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Congreve use 'eavesdropping' in Act 3, Scene 1?

(see the answer keys)

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