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. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?

2. In the chocolate house, what does Mirabel's discussion of Mrs. Millamant's character reveal?

3. With respect to Sir Wilfull, what does Mrs. Marwood suggest to Lady Wishfort?

4. The prologue begins with a comparison of what?

5. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mirabell's feelings for Mrs. Millamant when he discusses his love for her with Fainall in Act 1, Scene 2 in the chocolate house.

2. Describe Mirabell's character.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much are the characters molded by their time and place? Would the same characters act differently in modern society? What traits would remain the same and which ones would be replaced with other traits?

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