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. What was Mrs. Millamant's response to her aunt's statement?

2. What is the purpose of this play's prologue?

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

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

5. What are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood doing to each other in the park?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Why does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort she has seen Foible with Mirabell?

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

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

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

7. Is Congreve being facetious when he says the play's purpose is to entertain the audience and not instruct them about life?

8. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

9. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

10. What do you think that Mirabell's scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant will entail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Witwoud, Sir Wilfull, and Petulant are minor characters in the play. They provide comic relief and further the plot along.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the two cousins: Witwoud and Sir Wilfull.

Part 2) What do you think would have happened in the play if Sir Wilfull had insisted on marrying Mrs. Millamant?

Part 3) Describe how Petulant tries to show his importance.

Essay Topic 3

How has Congreve worked to make us feel sympathetic to certain characters while having no sympathy for others? Explain your answer with specific examples from the play.

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