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

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

3. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?
(a) He begins to dictate his terms.
(b) He suggests Lady Wishfort make him an offer.
(c) He greets Mrs. Marwood a kiss.
(d) He states he is divorcing her daughter.

4. What kind of person is Sir Wilfull Witwoud?
(a) Youthful and crude.
(b) Happy-go-lucky.
(c) Genuine but uncultured.
(d) Rude and pretentious.

5. What is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?
(a) Chatting casually.
(b) Having tea with her guests.
(c) Playing cards with her guests.
(d) Lecturing Sir Wilfull on his drunkenness.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As Lady Wishfort steps out of the dining room to read a letter, what does Waitwell claim to Foible?

3. Which one of the following statements was not revealed by Mincing to Foible?

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

5. Why does Lady Wishfort criticize her daughter, Mrs. Fainall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Discuss Lady Wishfort's plans for receiving Sir Rowland. Why are the plans so elaborate?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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