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

2. Where are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood as Act 2, Scene 1 opens?
(a) In the country.
(b) At Mrs. Fainall's house.
(c) In St. James Park.
(d) In Lady Wishfort's house

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 could hardly contain her anger.
(c) She was offended.
(d) She was amused.

4. Why is the theatrical device 'eavesdropping' used by Marwood comical?
(a) She is forced to listen to the other character's true opinions of her.
(b) She wants revenge on Mirabell.
(c) She is self-important.
(d) She is intrigued by the plots going on.

5. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?
(a) Because Mirabell is distracted.
(b) Because Sir Rowland enters and begins to talk to them.
(c) Because Mrs. Millamant enters and begins to talk to them.
(d) Because Mirabell doesn't know how to play.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mirabell criticize Fainall at the chocolate house?

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

3. What does the scene where Mrs. Marwood is left in the closet reveal about her?

4. What is the second kind of fool blessed by?

5. What is the purpose of this play's prologue?

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. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

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

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

10. Describe Fainall's character.

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