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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 does Mirabell state that he believes about Mrs. Millamant to Fainall?
(a) That Mrs. Millamant should not be so cruel to him.
(b) That he will help her improve on her faults.
(c) That Mrs. Millamant's faults suit her very well.
(d) That Mrs. Millamant's faults are a nuisance.

2. What happens if Mirabell's uncle marries and has a child?
(a) The uncle will gain his statue in society.
(b) Mirabell will lose his inheritance.
(c) Fainall will receive a fee for helping the uncle.
(d) Mirabell will be penniless.

3. Though Mrs. Millament doesn't act it, Mrs. Millamant actually ____________ Mirabell.
(a) Frustrates.
(b) Bores.
(c) Dislikes.
(d) Loves.

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

5. Why does the prologue refer to Congreve as a 'passive poet'?
(a) Because they are society and he doesn't want to offend society members.
(b) Because he is an artist who will accept the audience's opinion of his play.
(c) Because he doesn't like to argue his points of view.
(d) Because he believes that the play will be accepted.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Mrs. Marwood overheard in her hiding place while Lady Wishfort questions Foible and after Lady Wishfort leaves the room?

2. What does the success of Congreve's play depend on?

3. Which one of the follow was not part of Mirabell's plan?

4. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?

5. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Petulant.

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

4. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Describe what we know about Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1.

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