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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 attack Fainall when he angers her?
(a) By saying he stole from her.
(b) By saying he has deceived her.
(c) By saying he told lies about her to Lady Wishfort.
(d) By saying he wrecked her reputation.

2. Who is the least important male character in the play?
(a) Fainall.
(b) Petulant.
(c) Mirabell.
(d) Witwoud.

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

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 characters needs to tell the audience what is going to happen next.
(c) Because the scene is necessary to add more intrigue to the play.
(d) Because Mrs. Marwood needs to be told off.

5. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?
(a) Because the fools he is referring to are other artists.
(b) Because they will understand his intentions.
(c) Because they are not fools themselves.
(d) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why were the first performances heavily criticized?

3. Are the tastes of poets random?

4. What do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?

5. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Explain what Mrs. Marwood learned when she stayed in the closet in Lady Wishfort's dressing room. How does she react?

4. Do you think that a prologue is a good way to introduce a play? Why or why not?

5. Describe Fainall's character.

6. 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?

7. Explain Fainall's circumstances as we know them by Act 2, Scene 1. What is his relationship with the women in the play?

8. Describe Lady Wishfort.

9. Describe Petulant.

10. Is Congreve being facetious when he says the play's purpose is to entertain the audience and not instruct them about life?

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