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(c) He suggests that farce is outdated.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

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

3. What was Mrs. Millamant's response to her aunt's statement?
(a) She agrees with her.
(b) She feels hurt for Mirabell.
(c) She laughs, too.
(d) She is offended.

4. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?
(a) It gives him a platform where he can answer his critics.
(b) It allows him to introduce the themes of the play.
(c) It shows how the poet is always in charge of the performance.
(d) It serves as a sounding board for his concept of drama.

5. What has Mrs. Marwood overheard in her hiding place while Lady Wishfort questions Foible and after Lady Wishfort leaves the room?
(a) All of Mirabell's plot.
(b) Lady Wishfort's plans.
(c) Mrs. Fainall's affection for her.
(d) Foible's plans.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?

2. Does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort everything she overheard?

3. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?

4. What is a chocolate house?

5. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about 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. Is Congreve's use of character names symbolic of their personalities an effective device?

4. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

5. Describe Fainall's character.

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

7. 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.

8. 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?

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

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

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