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. Are the tastes of poets random?

2. Why did Waitwell marry Foible?

3. What does Lady Wishfort do when she enters her dressing room?

4. How does Witwoud describe Petulant?

5. What is the purpose of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mirabell's character.

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

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

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

6. Describe Petulant.

7. In Act 3, Scene 1, Lady Wishfort is excited about the arrival of Sir Rowland in the evening. In a short paragraph, describe the Sir Rowland plot as shown up to this point. What do you think will happen to Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort?

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

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

10. What is the relationship between Lady Wishfort and Mrs. Marwood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lady Wishfort is a vain, silly woman who is bound by the rules of Restoration society. Discuss her character giving illustrations from the play. What are some of the rules she tried to obey? How is this different from today's society?

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

Do the characters in the play show growth or changes as the play progresses? How much of the play's meaning depends on this growth? How do you think the characters will have changed five or ten years from now?

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