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. Why does Wishfort dislike Mirabell?

2. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?

3. What are the tastes of poets determined by?

4. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?

5. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are fame and fortune said to be 'fleeting'?

2. Describe Mirabell's plan to marry Mrs. Millamant.

3. What do you think is Congreve's purpose in establishing an affair between Fainall and Mrs. Marwood?

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

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

6. Describe Mirabell's character.

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

8. Describe Petulant.

9. Describe Lady Wishfort.

10. Describe what we know about Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Congreve's play is a comedy yet it has serious overtones. Explain how the playwright achieves both in this work. Give examples to illustrate your points.

Essay Topic 2

Congreve was criticized because he did not use farce in his play. Why was this important to the audiences? How is farce used in today's literature, movies, and TV programs?

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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