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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. Why does Mrs. Marwood only want to pretend she is cuckolding her husband?
(a) Because she thinks he doesn't love her any more.
(b) Because she thinks he loves Mrs. Millimant.
(c) Because he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.
(d) Because he will suffer longer if he can't prove it.

2. What phrase describes the relationship between Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?
(a) They are brother and sister.
(b) They were never romantically involved.
(c) They were previously lovers.
(d) They are lovers.

3. What does Foible do when she enters Lady Wishfort's dressing room?
(a) She helps Lady Wishfort dress.
(b) She asks Mrs. Marwood to keep the men company.
(c) She says Witwoud and Petulant have arrived.
(d) She announces Sir Rowland.

4. What does Mrs. Fainall reveal to Foible in her mother's dressing room?
(a) She supports Mrs. Marwood in her scheme.
(b) She knows of Mirabell's plans.
(c) She loves Mrs. Millamant and wants the plan to succeed.
(d) She is worried about Lady Wishfort's reaction.

5. While drinking chocolate, what else are Mirabell and Fainall doing?
(a) Drinking.
(b) Discussing their travel plans.
(c) Playing cards.
(d) Smoking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.

2. Why is Mrs. Fainall's husband cold to her?

3. Who is the most important male character in the play?

4. What is a cabal?

5. Mirabell's plan involves ________ Lady Wishfort.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the importance of the discussion of their marriage by Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell.

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

3. Describe Mirabell's plan to marry Mrs. Millamant.

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

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

6. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

7. What is the significance of the black box?

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

9. 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?

10. Discuss Lady Wishfort's plans for receiving Sir Rowland. Why are the plans so elaborate?

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