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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. Why does Mrs. Millamant agree to marry Sir Wilfull?
(a) Get revenge on Mirabell.
(b) Acquire Sir Wilfull's money.
(c) Secure her fortune.
(d) Achieve her freedom.

2. How do Fainall and Mrs. Marwood decide to reveal Mirabell's plan to Lady Wishfort?
(a) Through servants.
(b) By talking to her.
(c) In an anonymous letter.
(d) Demanding Mirabell confesses.

3. What demands does Mrs. Millamant's discussion with Mirabell about marriage reveal?
(a) She suggests he limit his numerous affairs.
(b) She pleads that he not become a drunkard.
(c) She asks him to always be faithful.
(d) She wants equal rights in her marriage.

4. All of the following characteristics of Lady Wishfort's girlish excitement at Sir Rowland's visit are revealed except one. Which characteristic is not true of Lady Wishfort?
(a) She is a typical lady of Restoration society.
(b) She is a genuine person.
(c) She is a vain fool.
(d) She is an aging woman.

5. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?
(a) She frustrates Mrs. Marwood and pleases Fainall.
(b) She pleases Lady Wishfort and retains her fortune.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which room in Lady Wishfort's house is the setting for Act 4, Scene 2?

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

4. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?

5. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes the scene between Mrs. Fainall and Foible comic?

2. 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?

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

4. As Act 4, Scene 2 opens Waitwell seems to be successful in his pursuit of Lady Wishfort. Why is this so? What is Lady Wishfort's reaction?

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

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

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

8. Why is Mrs. Marwood one of the least sympathetic characters in the play?

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

10. 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?

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