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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 was the cologne given to the footmen?
(a) To disguise bodily odor.
(b) To give the footmen a little bonus.
(c) To add to the elegance of the party.
(d) To prevent the footmen from smelling like stable hands.

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

3. What inconvenience does Foible point out about Sir Rowland to Lady Wishfort?
(a) He was gay.
(b) He wanted to remain a bachelor.
(c) He was already married to her, Foible.
(d) He didn't love Lady Wishfort.

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

5. One of the three types of critics that Concreve claims is_____________.
(a) Celebrities.
(b) Other playwrights.
(c) Mirabell.
(d) Tabloid reporters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Waitwell bring into the room in the last scene?

2. To keep Mrs. Fainall's infidelity secret, Fainall demands all of the following concessions except one item? What is it?

3. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?

4. How do we know Lady Wishfort has not read the entire letter?

5. What has happened to Waitwell after Lady Wishfort discovers what he really is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the black box?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. Explain the significance of the document in the black box.

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

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

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

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