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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. Congreve's character Mirabell is a master ________ .
(a) Of all trades.
(b) Planner.
(c) Schemer.
(d) Lover.

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

3. Why is Sir Wilfull unsuccessful when he tries to woo Mrs. Millamant?
(a) Because he has no idea of what he is doing.
(b) Because he is a fool that prefers horses.
(c) Because he is too ignorant and is easily defeated by Mrs. Millamant.
(d) Because he is too drunk to succeed.

4. What does Mrs. Marwood do to stop the argument between Petulant and Sir Wilfull in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) She introduces the two brothers.
(b) She says she has a headache.
(c) She asks them to be quiet.
(d) She asks Sir Wilfull to stay in the city.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What social issues did the play focus on?

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

3. What does Mrs. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?

4. Why is Fainall upset with Mrs. Marwood at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?

5. What does Sir Rowland claim as he enters the dining room and greets Lady Wishfort?

Short Essay Questions

1. Throughout the play, Mirabell has protested his love for Mrs. Millamant. Citing specific examples, what are some of the ways he has demonstrated his love for Mrs. Millamant?

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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