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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. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
(a) Defeat Fainall's machinations.
(b) Prevent Fainall from divorcing Mrs. Fainall.
(c) Keep Sir Wilfull from marrying Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Stop Fainall from killing Mrs. Fainall.

2. Who witnessed the document in the black box?
(a) Sir Wilfull.
(b) Foible and Mincing.
(c) Witwoud and Petulant.
(d) Mrs. Millamant.

3. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?
(a) The marriage contract is actually a fake.
(b) Sir Rowland is actually an errant knight.
(c) Sir Rowland is an imposter.
(d) The contents of Sir Rowland's black box.

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

5. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She agrees with Mrs. Marwood.
(b) She says she needs time to think.
(c) She disagrees with Mrs. Marwood.
(d) She complains of a headache and goes to lie down.

Short Answer Questions

1. What social issues did the play focus on?

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

3. What does the item that Waitwell brings into the room in the last scene contain?

4. Why does Congreve say these critics should be the subject of onstage satire?

5. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Lady Wishfort's plans for receiving Sir Rowland. Why are the plans so elaborate?

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

3. As Act 4, Scene 2 opens Waitwell seems to be successful in his pursuit of Lady Wishfort. Why is this so? What is Lady Wishfort's reaction?

4. 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.

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

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. What makes the scene between Mrs. Fainall and Foible comic?

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

9. Compare Congreve's opinions on love, marriage, and honesty with another play, novel, movie, etc. you know well.

10. Why does Lady Wishfort come to the conclusion that Sir Wilfull will not make a good husband for Mrs. Millamant?

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