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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. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?
(a) He pretends to admire them while he really hates them.
(b) He defends his decision to add some unusual and new elements to the play.
(c) He lectures them about their lack of artistic understanding.
(d) He infuriates the audience.

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

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

4. How does Mrs. Marwood attack Fainall when he angers her?
(a) By saying he stole from her.
(b) By saying he wrecked her reputation.
(c) By saying he told lies about her to Lady Wishfort.
(d) By saying he has deceived her.

5. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Sir Wilfull?
(a) She agrees.
(b) She disagrees.
(c) She agrees, but thinks they should wait until after her marriage.
(d) She isn't sure.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a chocolate house?

2. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?

3. Why does Congreve choose this symbol of cosmetics?

4. What is the purpose of this play's prologue?

5. What is the relationship between Witwoud and Sir Wilfull Witwoud?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Congreve feel about Mirabell's plot?

2. Describe Lady Wishfort.

3. Explain what Mrs. Marwood learned when she stayed in the closet in Lady Wishfort's dressing room. How does she react?

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

5. Describe Fainall's character.

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

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