The Way of the World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is the most important male character in the play?

2. Who is Mrs. Millamant?

3. What is Sir Wilfull's relationship with Lady Wishfort?

4. Another dramatic device is used in the final lines of Act 1, Scene 1 when Mirabell hints at a scheme involving Wishfort's maid. This device is known as:

5. Mirabell's plan involves ________ Lady Wishfort.

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Congreve's use of character names symbolic of their personalities an effective device?

2. Describe how the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1 become a symbol.

3. What opinion do you have of Mirabell's trickery in pretending to love Lady Wishfort in order to marry Mrs. Millamant? Is this too far-fetched to be believable or is it a possibility? Explain your point of view using specific examples from the play.

4. Explain what Mrs. Marwood learned when she stayed in the closet in Lady Wishfort's dressing room. How does she react?

5. Why does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort she has seen Foible with Mirabell?

6. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

7. In what way(s) is the play different from the usual farce audiences were accustomed to?

8. Describe Fainall's character.

9. What are some of the ways in which Mrs. Marwood is able to manipulate the men around her?

10. Why does Congreve use 'eavesdropping' in Act 3, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways has the structure of play changed since Congreve wrote The Way of the World? Give specific examples to back up your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, Congreve has used poetic devices such as eavesdropping, foreshadowing, and symbols. Citing examples from the play, how did he use each element? Was his use of the device effective or not? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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