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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 is a chocolate house?
(a) A new type of coffee shop celebrating the discovery of chocolate.
(b) A shop serving only pastries made of chocolate.
(c) A place for men to meet.
(d) A meeting place for women.

2. What news does the footman bring Mirabell at the chocolate house?
(a) That Waitwell and Foible have run away together.
(b) That his coachman, Waitwell, is waiting with his carriage.
(c) That Foible wanted to speak to him.
(d) That Waitwell and Foible are married.

3. Why did Mirabell pretend to love Lady Wishfort?
(a) To show the world what a stud he was.
(b) To disguise his true feelings for Mrs. Millamant.
(c) To get her money.
(d) To make fun of her.

4. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?
(a) So that she will divide her estate.
(b) So she will not interfere with their marriage.
(c) So that she will give Mrs. Millamant her money.
(d) So that she leaves her fortune to Mrs. Millamant.

5. The actor who reads the prologue also plays which character?
(a) Sir Wilfull.
(b) Mirabell.
(c) Fainall.
(d) Sir Rowland.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mirabell suggest that Mrs. Fainall do if she no longer loves her husband?

2. What did Lady Wishfort say or do that offended Mirabell?

3. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?

4. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. How have the fortunes of the lovers been determined in this play? Is this a good thing or a bad one? Explain your point of view.

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

5. As a play, The Way of the World met with little success. However, critics believe it is one of the best comedies of manners ever written. Why do you think there is such a difference in opinion between audiences and critics?

6. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?

7. Why is this play considered to be universal instead of simply a Restoration comedy of manners?

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

9. Describe Mirabell's character.

10. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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