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

2. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?
(a) Because Mrs. Marwood said she had seen Foible with Mirabell.
(b) Because Mrs. Marwood told her to.
(c) Because believes everyone is conspiring against her.
(d) Because she believes Foible is having an affair.

3. Why are poets often fooled?
(a) They don't study their critics.
(b) They believe in their work and expect others to understand and like it.
(c) They are fooled into believing that one successful play means the next one will be successful also.
(d) They believe what people tell them to their face.

4. All of the following are true except one. As Mrs. Marwood discovers Mirabell's plot, she ______ .
(a) Wants him to fail.
(b) Vows revenge.
(c) Feels angry with Mrs. Wishfort.
(d) Plots to destroy Mirabell's scheme.

5. 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 allowed his wife to ignored Mirabell the previous night.
(d) Because he is angry with Fainall.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the prologue do?

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

3. What reason does Fainall give for Mirabell's deception being revealed?

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

5. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Sir Wilfull?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

3. Is Congreve being facetious when he says the play's purpose is to entertain the audience and not instruct them about life?

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

5. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

6. Describe Lady Wishfort.

7. Describe Mirabell's character.

8. 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?

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

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

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