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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 reason does Fainall give for Mirabell's deception being revealed?
(a) He did not return Mrs. Marwood's romantic gestures.
(b) Mrs. Marwood tried to protect her friend, Lady Wishfort.
(c) He deserved it.
(d) He should have expected Lady Wishfort's friends to tell her.

2. What do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?
(a) Greed.
(b) The need to protect their reputations.
(c) Love.
(d) Social convenience.

3. Who is Sir Rowland?
(a) A knight of the realm.
(b) Mirabell's uncle.
(c) Lady Wishfort's lover.
(d) Foible's husband.

4. How does Congreve use satire in the prologue?
(a) He uses theatrical devices to enhance satire.
(b) He states the play does not contain satire, but it is full of satirical pictures of the different behaviors of the characters.
(c) He suggests that farce is outdated.
(d) He makes fun of the audience.

5. Who is Mrs. Millamant?
(a) An acquaintance of Mirabell.
(b) The woman Mirabell loves.
(c) A relative of the two gentlemen.
(d) Fainall's sister.

Short Answer Questions

1. Act 2, Scene 2 reveals the reason Mrs. Fainall married her husband. What was the reason?

2. Why did Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall choose Fainall as her husband?

3. What is the relationship between Witwoud and Sir Wilfull Witwoud?

4. What happens if Mirabell's uncle marries and has a child?

5. What phrase describes the relationship between Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the significance of the document in the black box.

4. Explain the significance of Sir Wilfull Witwoud's travels.

5. What is the significance of the black box?

6. 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?

7. Mrs. Marwood is someone who thinks of revenge when others cross her. What scheme do you think Mrs. Marwood is planning to extract her revenge on Mirabell?

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

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

10. Why is Mrs. Marwood trying to provoke Mrs. Millamant in Act 3, Scene 3?

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