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

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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. What is a chocolate house?

2. What news does the footman bring Mirabell at the chocolate house?

3. Why did Mirabell pretend to love Lady Wishfort?

4. Why does Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. How have the fortunes of the lovers been determined in this play? Is this a good thing or a bad one? Explain your point of view.

4. How does Congreve feel about Mirabell's plot?

5. As a play, The Way of the World met with little success. However, critics believe it is one of the best comedies of manners ever written. Why do you think there is such a difference in opinion between audiences and critics?

6. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?

7. Why is this play considered to be universal instead of simply a Restoration comedy of manners?

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

9. Describe Mirabell's character.

10. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the terms of marriage between the couples in the play and how those terms of marriage are the same or different from today's marriages. Support your answer with specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Congreve seemed to be critical of Restoration society for various reasons. Find at least three examples in the play that illustrate his criticism. Explain why he thought each one of these points was negative. How would he have changed these failings? Explain your answer in detail.

Essay Topic 3

In your opinion, who was the most successful character in achieving his or her goals in the play? Why have you chosen this character? Explain why you think this character succeeded where other failed.

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