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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. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?
(a) Because Mirabell doesn't know how to play.
(b) Because Mrs. Millamant enters and begins to talk to them.
(c) Because Mirabell is distracted.
(d) Because Sir Rowland enters and begins to talk to them.

2. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?
(a) To match the colors in the portrait.
(b) Because the portrait she had painted showed a much younger woman.
(c) To improve her looks.
(d) To cover up her wrinkles.

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

4. Why does Mirabell criticize Fainall at the chocolate house?
(a) Because Fainall is drinking too much.
(b) Because he dislikes Fainall's wife.
(c) Because he is angry with Fainall.
(d) Because he allowed his wife to ignored Mirabell the previous night.

5. Act 2, Scene 2 reveals the reason Mrs. Fainall married her husband. What was the reason?
(a) To protect her reputation.
(b) To legitimize her pregnancy.
(c) To acquire her husband's money.
(d) Because she loved him.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the chocolate house, what does Mirabel's discussion of Mrs. Millamant's character reveal?

2. What does Fainall claim about Mrs. Marwood?

3. What is a cabal?

4. What is a chocolate house?

5. Why does Congreve tell the audience that they will not be offended to any reference to fools in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

2. Why does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort she has seen Foible with Mirabell?

3. Is Congreve's use of character names symbolic of their personalities an effective device?

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

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

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

7. Describe Mirabell's character.

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

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

10. Why does Congreve use 'eavesdropping' in Act 3, Scene 1?

(see the answer keys)

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