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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 has Mrs. Marwood overheard in her hiding place while Lady Wishfort questions Foible and after Lady Wishfort leaves the room?
(a) Lady Wishfort's plans.
(b) Foible's plans.
(c) Mrs. Fainall's affection for her.
(d) All of Mirabell's plot.

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

3. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?
(a) Marry Mrs. Millamant to Mirabell's uncle.
(b) Divorce Fainall.
(c) Marry Mirabell.
(d) Disinherit Mirabell.

4. Why does Congreve choose this symbol of cosmetics?
(a) He wanted to acknowledge how beautiful it made women.
(b) He wanted to show how people change themselves because of vanity.
(c) He felt it served no purpose in life.
(d) He believed that make-up is immoral.

5. How does Witwoud describe Petulant?
(a) As a monster similar to Caliban.
(b) As a blockhead.
(c) As humorless.
(d) As a person lacking breeding.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mirabell's plan involves ________ Lady Wishfort.

2. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?

3. What does Mrs. Fainall reveal to Foible in her mother's dressing room?

4. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?

5. Why did Waitwell marry Foible?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

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

4. Lay out Fainall's demands to keep his knowledge about his wife from society. Is this a reasonable revenge or not?

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

6. Discuss Mrs. Marwood's statements in Act 5, Scene 2.

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

8. 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.

9. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?

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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