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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. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?
(a) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.
(b) Because they are not fools themselves.
(c) Because they will understand his intentions.
(d) Because the fools he is referring to are other artists.

2. How does Congreve use satire in the prologue?
(a) He suggests that farce is outdated.
(b) He states the play does not contain satire, but it is full of satirical pictures of the different behaviors of the characters.
(c) He uses theatrical devices to enhance satire.
(d) He makes fun of the audience.

3. What is a prologue?
(a) An introduction.
(b) A short synopsis of the coming play.
(c) A teaser which will make the audience want to stay for the whole performance.
(d) A part which comes before the audience arrives.

4. What does the scene where Mrs. Marwood is left in the closet reveal about her?
(a) She is angry at Mirabell but still wants him as her lover.
(b) She is eager to marry Sir Wilfull.
(c) She is upset at being left in the closet by Lady Wishfort.
(d) She is a nasty character with no true friends.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What word best describes the relationship Fainall has with Mrs. Marwood?

5. How does Mrs. Marwood attack Fainall when he angers her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. Describe Mirabell's feelings for Mrs. Millamant when he discusses his love for her with Fainall in Act 1, Scene 2 in the chocolate house.

6. 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?

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

8. Describe Fainall's character.

9. 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?

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

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