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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 is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?
(a) Playing cards with her guests.
(b) Chatting casually.
(c) Having tea with her guests.
(d) Lecturing Sir Wilfull on his drunkenness.

2. Why does Congreve say these critics should be the subject of onstage satire?
(a) Because they would retaliate.
(b) Because critics should not be made fun of since they hold a lot of power with the public.
(c) Because they are not important enough to bother with.
(d) Because this would inflate their sense of self-importance.

3. Which one of the following statements was not revealed by Mincing to Foible?
(a) Mirabell got Waitwell out of jail.
(b) Mirabell orders her to hide until Lady Wishfort gets over being angry.
(c) Fainall has ordered Mirabell arrested.
(d) Fainall has threatened to divorce his wife unless she gives him her fortune.

4. What does Waitwell bring into the room in the last scene?
(a) The black box.
(b) His marriage certificate.
(c) His personal documents.
(d) His marriage contract with Lady Wishfort.

5. One of the three types of critics that Concreve claims is_____________.
(a) Mirabell.
(b) Other playwrights.
(c) Celebrities.
(d) Tabloid reporters.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do we know Lady Wishfort has not read the entire letter?

2. What has Lady Wishfort discovered that has her so angry at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 1?

3. What inconvenience does Foible point out about Sir Rowland to Lady Wishfort?

4. Even though she has been deceived by Mirabell and berates Foible, Lady Wishfort is shown as a __________ character.

5. What social issues did the play focus on?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?

2. Throughout the play, Mirabell has protested his love for Mrs. Millamant. Citing specific examples, what are some of the ways he has demonstrated his love for Mrs. Millamant?

3. In what way does the discussion of marriage between Lady Wishfort and Sir Rowland differ from the discussion of Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell?

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

5. Explain Mrs. Fainall's relief at not being found out by her mother.

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

7. What is the significance of the black box?

8. How have the fortunes of the lovers been determined in this play? Is this a good thing or a bad one? Explain your point of view.

9. Why does Mirabell agree to help the Fainall's achieve peace in their marriage?

10. Explain the importance of the discussion of their marriage by Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell.

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