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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 promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?
(a) That she still loves him and is going to have him.
(b) That she is going to see him in dire circumstances some day and then she will have her revenge.
(c) That she will not chase him anymore.
(d) That she will help him in his scheme against Lady Wishfort.

2. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?
(a) For her social position.
(b) For her good breeding.
(c) For her money.
(d) For love.

3. What does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?
(a) She found the situation hilariously funny.
(b) She was offended.
(c) She could hardly contain her anger.
(d) She was amused.

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

5. What do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?
(a) Social convenience.
(b) Love.
(c) The need to protect their reputations.
(d) Greed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the dramatic device of naming characters that are symbolic of their personality traits allow the playwright Congreve to do?

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

3. What does Mirabell's plan consist of?

4. What are the tastes of poets determined by?

5. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Fainall's character.

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

4. 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?

5. Do you think that a prologue is a good way to introduce a play? Why or why not?

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 are fame and fortune said to be 'fleeting'?

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

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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