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

2. Why did Congreve use the epilogue?
(a) It satisfied his need for self-justification.
(b) To urge the critics to praise his play.
(c) It provided the opportunity for a pre-planned response to his critics.
(d) To defy the critics by ranting against their analysis.

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

4. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?
(a) She angers Sir Wilfull Witwoud and Fainall.
(b) She pleases Lady Wishfort and retains her fortune.
(c) She frustrates Mrs. Marwood and pleases Fainall.
(d) She creates an out for Mirabell and destroys Lady Wishfort's plan to marry Sir Rowland.

5. What qualities is the proposed marriage between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort rooted in?
(a) Adultery, deceit, and pretentiousness.
(b) Vanity, greed and lies.
(c) Falsehood, deceit and conformity with society's expectations.
(d) Society's conception of marriage, illicit sex, and lies.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mrs. Millamant show her devilish attitude during her chat with Mrs. Marwood?

2. What does Waitwell bring into the room in the last scene?

3. Why are failed poets unable to judge Congreve's play?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Discuss Lady Wishfort's reaction to Foible's revelations in Act 5, Scene 1.

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