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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 kind of person is Sir Wilfull Witwoud?
(a) Rude and pretentious.
(b) Youthful and crude.
(c) Genuine but uncultured.
2. What happens when Mincing enters the room in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) Fainall speaks to his wife.
(b) Everyone greets Sir Wilfull.
(c) Everyone leaves except Fainall and Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Lady Wishfort speaks to Mrs. Marwood.
3. 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 feels hurt that he has asked for so many terms in the marriage proposal.
(d) She professes her love for him to Mrs. Fainall when Mirabell leaves.
4. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to the revelations of Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?
(a) She is upset.
(b) She is grateful to her daughter.
(c) She thanks her daughter for her deviousness.
(d) She praises Mrs. Fainall's prudence.
5. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) Lady Wishfort.
(c) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Sir Wilfull.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why were Witwoud and Petulant arguing at the end of Act 4, Scent 1?
2. What does Sir Rowland claim as he enters the dining room and greets Lady Wishfort?
3. Why is the Fainall marriage over?
4. How does Mrs. Millamant show her devilish attitude during her chat with Mrs. Marwood?
5. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?
Short Essay Questions
1. Compare Congreve's opinions on love, marriage, and honesty with another play, novel, movie, etc. you know well.
2. 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?
3. What makes the scene between Mrs. Fainall and Foible comic?
4. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?
5. Why does Mirabell agree to help the Fainall's achieve peace in their marriage?
6. Discuss Mrs. Marwood's statements in Act 5, Scene 2.
7. 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?
8. Explain the significance of the document in the black box.
9. Discuss Lady Wishfort's reaction to Foible's revelations in Act 5, Scene 1.
10. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?
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