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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. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?
(a) He begins to dictate his terms.
(b) He states he is divorcing her daughter.
(c) He greets Mrs. Marwood a kiss.
(d) He suggests Lady Wishfort make him an offer.

2. How does Mrs. Millamant react to Mirabell's visit and finishing the poem she is reciting?
(a) She feels relief that he didn't argue with Lady Wishfort.
(b) She is indifferent to his proposal.
(c) She professes her love for him to Mrs. Fainall when Mirabell leaves.
(d) She feels hurt that he has asked for so many terms in the marriage proposal.

3. Congreve's character Mirabell is a master ________ .
(a) Lover.
(b) Planner.
(c) Schemer.
(d) Of all trades.

4. What does the item that Waitwell brings into the room in the last scene contain?
(a) A document from Mrs. Fainall placing her fortune in Mirabell's trust before her marriage to Fainall.
(b) Proof of Mrs. Marwood's lies.
(c) Sir Rowland's documents of identity.
(d) A marriage certificate between Waitwell and Foible.

5. How do Fainall and Mrs. Marwood decide to reveal Mirabell's plan to Lady Wishfort?
(a) By talking to her.
(b) In an anonymous letter.
(c) Demanding Mirabell confesses.
(d) Through servants.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Millamant leave the room after the arrival of Witwoud and Petulant?

2. What problem must Lady Wishfort solve instead of attending Sir Rowland at the end of Act 4, Scene 1?

3. What does Lady Wishfort demonstrate when she agrees to Fainall and Mrs. Marwood's schemes?

4. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?

5. What social issues did the play focus on?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do you think audiences in this era would react to such a revolutionary position as that of Mrs. Millamant who was asking for equal rights?

2. 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.

3. 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?

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

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

6. Why do we feel sympathy for Lady Wishfort even though she is vain and is berating a servant at the beginning Act 5, Scene 1?

7. Why does Lady Wishfort accept Mirabell offer to help Mrs. Millamant?

8. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.

9. 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?

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

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