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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 Mrs. Marwood answer Fainall when he joins her in the park?
(a) She is protective of Fainall's honor.
(b) She is tired of arguing with him.
(c) She wants to go home.
(d) She hates his wife.

2. What are the tastes of poets determined by?
(a) Religious beliefs.
(b) Upbringing.
(c) Fortune.
(d) How their lives evolve over time.

3. The prologue begins with a comparison of what?
(a) Poets and other artists.
(b) Fortune and destiny.
(c) Poets and members of society.
(d) Two kinds of fools.

4. Why did Waitwell marry Foible?
(a) Because he wants to start a family.
(b) Because he loved her.
(c) So that he couldn't marry Wishfort.
(d) Because she was pregnant.

5. What does Lady Wishfort ask Mrs. Marwood to do after Foible's announcement?
(a) She asks her help in dressing.
(b) She asks Mrs. Marwood to keep Witwoud and Petulant company.
(c) She asks her to accompany her to dinner.
(d) She asks Mrs. Marwood to receive her guests.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Marwood only want to pretend she is cuckolding her husband?

2. What does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall when Lady Wishfort leaves the dressing room?

3. Why are poets often fooled?

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

5. Who is the least important male character in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

2. 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?

3. What do you think that Mirabell's scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant will entail?

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

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

6. Describe Mirabell's feelings for Mrs. Millamant when he discusses his love for her with Fainall in Act 1, Scene 2 in the chocolate house.

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

9. Why does Mrs. Fainall support Mirabell's plans?

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

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