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

2. Why would tabloid reporters be unable to judge the play?
(a) They have no training in theater arts.
(b) Because they want to connect famous people with the characters.
(c) They are unscrupulous.
(d) They are gossip mongers.

3. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
(a) Defeat Fainall's machinations.
(b) Keep Sir Wilfull from marrying Mrs. Millamant.
(c) Prevent Fainall from divorcing Mrs. Fainall.
(d) Stop Fainall from killing Mrs. Fainall.

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

5. What does Sir Rowland claim as he enters the dining room and greets Lady Wishfort?
(a) He will die of a broken heart if their marriage is delayed.
(b) He will be patient and wait for the wedding to occur.
(c) He wants to have a quiet wedding in the country.
(d) He claims that Mirabell will starve him to prevent their marriage.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who witnessed the document in the black box?

2. Why does Lady Wishfort praise Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2?

3. Who rescues Waitwell after his difficulties?

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

5. What does Sir Wilfull Witwoud's remarks on Wishfort's dressing reveal about his character?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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