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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 seems to determine the success of the characters in the play?
(a) Their plots.
(b) Their motivations.
(c) Their beliefs.
(d) Their greed.
2. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?
(a) By speaking to Mrs. Fainall in the corridor.
(b) By locating Sir Wilfull, but offering him more drink.
(c) By going to Mrs. Millamant instead.
(d) By telling Sir Wilfull that Mrs. Marwood wants to speak with him.
3. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?
4. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?
(a) Exposes his affair with Mrs. Marwood.
(b) Asks him to a duel.
(c) Suggests Fainall leave with Mrs. Marwood.
(d) Tells Fainall that he is a liar and a cheat.
5. In order for Mrs. Millamant to become Mirabell's prize, he must first ___________ .
(a) Stop Fainall from killing Mrs. Fainall.
(b) Prevent Fainall from divorcing Mrs. Fainall.
(c) Defeat Fainall's machinations.
(d) Keep Sir Wilfull from marrying Mrs. Millamant.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Fainall upset with Mrs. Marwood at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?
2. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?
3. As Act 3, Scene 3 opens, Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Marwood are talking. What do we learn from their interaction?
4. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?
5. Why does Mrs. Marwood urge Lady Wishfort to reconsider her desire to hear Fainall's proof of his wife's adultery?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Lay out Fainall's demands to keep his knowledge about his wife from society. Is this a reasonable revenge or not?
3. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?
4. 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?
5. Explain Mrs. Fainall's relief at not being found out by her mother.
6. In what way does the discussion of marriage between Lady Wishfort and Sir Rowland differ from the discussion of Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell?
7. Explain the significance of Sir Wilfull Witwoud's travels.
8. 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?
9. Why is Mrs. Marwood trying to provoke Mrs. Millamant in Act 3, Scene 3?
10. How have the fortunes of the lovers been determined in this play? Is this a good thing or a bad one? Explain your point of view.
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