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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?
2. What does the prologue do?
3. Where is Mrs. Marwood at the opening of Act 3, Scene 2?
4. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?
5. Lady Wishfort is all of the following except one. Which one does not apply to her character?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Mrs. Millamant.
2. Why does Congreve use 'eavesdropping' in Act 3, Scene 1?
3. Why are fame and fortune said to be 'fleeting'?
4. Mrs. Marwood is someone who thinks of revenge when others cross her. What scheme do you think Mrs. Marwood is planning to extract her revenge on Mirabell?
5. What is the relationship between Lady Wishfort and Mrs. Marwood?
6. What are some of the ways in which Mrs. Marwood is able to manipulate the men around her?
7. In what way(s) is the play different from the usual farce audiences were accustomed to?
8. Explain what Mrs. Marwood learned when she stayed in the closet in Lady Wishfort's dressing room. How does she react?
9. Explain Fainall's circumstances as we know them by Act 2, Scene 1. What is his relationship with the women in the play?
10. Describe Fainall's character.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Find at least three examples in the play which show how Mirabell feels about Mrs. Millamant. Is his love true? What is true love? Explain your point of view.
Essay Topic 2
In the prologue, Congreve claims that tastes are determined by fate and that natural fools are blessed by fate. What does he mean? Does fate determine our destiny? Why or why not? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Why do you think that the audiences of Restoration society did not like the play? Would audiences today be more receptive? Why or why not.
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