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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. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) As a way to disguise age.
(b) As a device to mask one's feelings.
(c) As a symbol of loose morals.
(d) As a symbol of how people cover themselves up.

2. The actor who reads the prologue also plays which character?
(a) Sir Wilfull.
(b) Mirabell.
(c) Sir Rowland.
(d) Fainall.

3. What does Fainall comment about the gathering the previous evening at Lady Wishfort's?
(a) Mrs. Millamant was only obeying her aunt's wishes.
(b) Mrs. Millamant has another lover.
(c) Witwoud and Petulant are only trying to woo Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Everyone knows that Mrs. Millamant is unhappy with Mirabell.

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

5. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.
(a) Frustrates.
(b) Bores.
(c) Dislikes.
(d) Loves.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall choose Fainall as her husband?

2. Act 2, Scene 2 reveals the reason Mrs. Fainall married her husband. What was the reason?

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

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

5. Why does Wishfort dislike Mirabell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lady Wishfort.

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

3. Describe Mirabell's character.

4. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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

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

7. 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?

8. Why are fame and fortune said to be 'fleeting'?

9. What do you think is Congreve's purpose in establishing an affair between Fainall and Mrs. Marwood?

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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