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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. How much is Mrs. Millamant's fortune?
(a) About ten thousand dollars.
(b) Six thousand pounds, a vast fortune.
(c) A small sum, six thousand pounds.
(d) The play doesn't state a specific sum.

2. As Act 3, Scene 3 opens, Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Marwood are talking. What do we learn from their interaction?
(a) Their beliefs about the 'game' of love.
(b) Their true characters.
(c) How they feel about Petulant and Witwoud.
(d) Their feelings about Mirabell's romances.

3. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?
(a) She angers Sir Wilfull Witwoud and Fainall.
(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 pleases Lady Wishfort and retains her fortune.

4. Who witnessed the document in the black box?
(a) Witwoud and Petulant.
(b) Sir Wilfull.
(c) Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Foible and Mincing.

5. How does Mrs. Millamant show her devilish attitude during her chat with Mrs. Marwood?
(a) She makes remarks about Mrs. Marwood's age.
(b) She fusses at Mincing.
(c) She states she doesn't believe Mrs. Marwood's relationships are noble.
(d) She demands Mrs. Marwood sing a song.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Millamant leave the room after the arrival of Witwoud and Petulant?

2. What does Congreve's cheerful discussion of marriage reveal to the audience?

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

4. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?

5. Why does Mrs. Marwood urge Lady Wishfort to reconsider her desire to hear Fainall's proof of his wife's adultery?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Lady Wishfort accept Mirabell offer to help Mrs. Millamant?

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

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

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