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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. Which character(s) leave the dining room in Act 4, Scene 2?
(a) Lady Wishfort.
(b) Sir Wilfull.
(c) Witwoud.
(d) Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Fainall.

2. What happens when Mincing enters the room in Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) Lady Wishfort speaks to Mrs. Marwood.
(b) Fainall speaks to his wife.
(c) Everyone greets Sir Wilfull.
(d) Everyone leaves except Fainall and Mrs. Marwood.

3. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?
(a) A speech defending one's position before the other characters.
(b) A speech given by a character to reveal his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to other characters.
(c) A short speech to another character.
(d) A heartfelt speech aimed at convincing the audience of one's justification in a certain act.

4. How is this play properly classified?
(a) As a comedy.
(b) As a satire.
(c) As a drama.
(d) As a comedy of manners.

5. What advice does Mirabell give Lady Wishfort when she protests Fainall's demands?
(a) To simply refuse and face the consequences.
(b) To have Fainall arrested for blackmail.
(c) To allow him to help.
(d) To throw Fainall out of her house.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mrs. Millamant react to Mirabell's visit and finishing the poem she is reciting?

2. Who delivered the epilogue?

3. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?

4. What does Mrs. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?

5. Why did Congreve use the epilogue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss Lady Wishfort's reaction to Foible's revelations in Act 5, Scene 1.

4. As a play, The Way of the World met with little success. However, critics believe it is one of the best comedies of manners ever written. Why do you think there is such a difference in opinion between audiences and critics?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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