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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 has happened to Waitwell after Lady Wishfort discovers what he really is?
(a) Mirabell fires him.
(b) Fainall had him arrested.
(c) Mrs. Marwood berates him.
(d) Foible tries to kill him.

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

3. How does Mrs. Millamant react to Mirabell's visit and finishing the poem she is reciting?
(a) She feels hurt that he has asked for so many terms in the marriage proposal.
(b) She professes her love for him to Mrs. Fainall when Mirabell leaves.
(c) She is indifferent to his proposal.
(d) She feels relief that he didn't argue with Lady Wishfort.

4. 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.

5. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?
(a) Music.
(b) Cologne.
(c) Dancing.
(d) Skits.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who would have received Mrs. Millamant's fortune if Lady Wishfort took it from her?

2. Who delivered the epilogue?

3. Who witnessed the document in the black box?

4. Which character(s) is/are not present in Lady Wishfort's dining room?

5. Congreve's character Mirabell is a master ________ .

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the black box?

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

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

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

6. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.

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

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

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

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

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