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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 Mrs. Marwood do to stop the argument between Petulant and Sir Wilfull in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) She asks them to be quiet.
(b) She introduces the two brothers.
(c) She says she has a headache.
(d) She asks Sir Wilfull to stay in the city.

2. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?
(a) Asks him to a duel.
(b) Exposes his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
(c) Tells Fainall that he is a liar and a cheat.
(d) Suggests Fainall leave with Mrs. Marwood.

3. What problem must Lady Wishfort solve instead of attending Sir Rowland at the end of Act 4, Scene 1?
(a) Problems between Mrs. Fainall and her husband.
(b) Mirabell's argument with Mrs. Millamant.
(c) The drunkenness of her other male guests.
(d) Petulant's lady friends who are outside the house.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What seems to determine the success of the characters in the play?

2. Which room in Lady Wishfort's house is the setting for Act 4, Scene 2?

3. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .

4. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?

5. What does Mrs. Millamant ask Witwoud and Petulant as they enter the room in Act 3, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What is the significance of the black box?

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

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

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