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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 does the final couplet of the play warn the audience against?
(a) Greed.
(b) Falsehood and adultery in marriage.
(c) Love.
(d) Vanity.

2. What social issues did the play focus on?
(a) Honesty in all aspects of life.
(b) Love, marriage, and honesty.
(c) Love and marriage arrangements.
(d) Love and honesty between equals.

3. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?
(a) By telling Sir Wilfull that Mrs. Marwood wants to speak with him.
(b) By locating Sir Wilfull, but offering him more drink.
(c) By speaking to Mrs. Fainall in the corridor.
(d) By going to Mrs. Millamant instead.

4. What does Mrs. Marwood's discussion with Fainall reveal about her character?
(a) It demonstrates her ability to get information from anyone.
(b) It shows she conspires with him often.
(c) It suggests Fainall blackmailed Mirabell about his affair with his wife, Mrs. Fainall.
(d) It conveys her willingness to hurt anyone in order to get her way.

5. Why was the cologne given to the footmen?
(a) To disguise bodily odor.
(b) To add to the elegance of the party.
(c) To prevent the footmen from smelling like stable hands.
(d) To give the footmen a little bonus.

Short Answer Questions

1. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?

2. Congreve's claim that there are three types of critics includes all except one of the following. Which one is it?

3. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?

4. What is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?

5. Why is Congreve's play timeless?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

6. Why is this play considered to be universal instead of simply a Restoration comedy of manners?

7. Is Mirabell's elaborate plot going to be successful? Explain why or why not?

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

9. What is the significance of the black box?

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

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