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

2. What are the first poets going to do when judging a play?
(a) Suggest the author is unable to produce another good work.
(b) Say they dislike it, because they always dislike the plays they see.
(c) Insult the dramatist.
(d) Say it is unworthy of the playwright.

3. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?
(a) To demonstrate the honesty of the two characters.
(b) As a caricature of courtship.
(c) To convey Congreve's opinion of Restoration courtship.
(d) To conciliate their arrangement.

4. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?
(a) Asks him to a duel.
(b) Suggests Fainall leave with Mrs. Marwood.
(c) Tells Fainall that he is a liar and a cheat.
(d) Exposes his affair with Mrs. Marwood.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Foible tell Mrs. Millamant when she reaches her in Act 4, Scene 1?

3. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?

4. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?

5. Why does Sir Wilfull bow out of his marriage arrangement with Mrs. Millamant?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why does Mirabell agree to help the Fainall's achieve peace in their marriage?

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

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