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. The actor who reads the prologue also plays which character?

2. What do the different marriages introduced in the play seem to be motivated by?

3. What does Lady Wishfort ask Mrs. Marwood to do after Foible's announcement?

4. What does Foible do when she enters Lady Wishfort's dressing room?

5. What is a prologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Fainall's character.

2. Explain Fainall's circumstances as we know them by Act 2, Scene 1. What is his relationship with the women in the play?

3. Describe Mirabell's character.

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 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.

6. Do you think that a prologue is a good way to introduce a play? Why or why not?

7. Who is the most important character in the play? Describe him.

8. Describe Petulant.

9. Why does Congreve believe that 'natural fools' are blessed by fortune?

10. Why does Mrs. Fainall support Mirabell's plans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were a friend of Mirabell, would you have supported his scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

There are multiple devious characters in this play. Discuss who they are, their motivations, and their purpose in the play. Did they deserve their outcome? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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