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 the play?

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

4. What does Fainall claim about Mrs. Marwood?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Lady Wishfort.

6. Mrs. Marwood is someone who thinks of revenge when others cross her. What scheme do you think Mrs. Marwood is planning to extract her revenge on Mirabell?

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

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

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

10. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Congreve claimed that 'Fame and fortune are fleeting'. What does he mean by this statement? Do you think it is true? Why or why not? Give specific examples (either from the play or real life) to illustrate your point of view.

Essay Topic 2

If you were a friend of Mirabell, would you have supported his scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

The motives of the characters seem to determine their success in the play. Discuss the different character's motivations in this play. Did any of them have the same motivations? What factors influenced the character's motivations?

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