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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 a cabal?
(a) A group of friends.
(b) A secret society; a plot.
(c) A meeting of enemies against the state.
(d) A military uprising.

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

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

4. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?
(a) So she will not interfere with their marriage.
(b) So that she leaves her fortune to Mrs. Millamant.
(c) So that she will give Mrs. Millamant her money.
(d) So that she will divide her estate.

5. Another dramatic device is used in the final lines of Act 1, Scene 1 when Mirabell hints at a scheme involving Wishfort's maid. This device is known as:
(a) Climax.
(b) Denouement.
(c) Foreshadowing.
(d) Omnipresence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What phrase describes the relationship between Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?

2. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?

3. Who are the fools spoken of in the prologue?

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

5. Why were the first performances heavily criticized?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

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