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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. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?
(a) Vouch for her morals.
(b) Catch her husband cheating on her.
(c) Calm her mother.
(d) Help her defeat her husband.

2. Why are failed poets unable to judge Congreve's play?
(a) They simply lack the ability to judge another poet's work.
(b) They have no standards as they have already been proven failures.
(c) They would be jealous.
(d) They would never agree that someone else is successful.

3. Why does Lady Wishfort praise Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2?
(a) Because she believes Marwood is a generous person.
(b) Because Marwood disavows Mirabell and Sir Rowland.
(c) Because Marwood revealed Mirabell's plot against her.
(d) Because Marwood is a cultured lady who dislikes low morals.

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

5. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?
(a) Mrs. Millamant.
(b) Foible.
(c) His master, Mirabell.
(d) Mrs. Fainall.

Short Answer Questions

1. What advice does Mirabell give Lady Wishfort when she protests Fainall's demands?

2. What problem must Lady Wishfort solve instead of attending Sir Rowland at the end of Act 4, Scene 1?

3. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?

4. What qualities is the proposed marriage between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort rooted in?

5. Why is Sir Wilfull unsuccessful when he tries to woo Mrs. Millamant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the significance of Sir Wilfull Witwoud's travels.

2. Explain Mrs. Fainall's relief at not being found out by her mother.

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

4. 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?

5. What is the significance of the black box?

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

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

8. How do you think audiences in this era would react to such a revolutionary position as that of Mrs. Millamant who was asking for equal rights?

9. 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.

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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