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 does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?

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

3. Who is the most important male character in the play?

4. What happens if Mirabell's uncle marries and has a child?

5. How does Congreve use satire in the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

5. 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?

6. Who is the most important character in the play? Describe him.

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

8. Describe Petulant.

9. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

10. Describe Fainall's character.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Did you like the ending of the play? Do you think it was consistent with the events leading up to the conclusion? How would you have changed it? Write a brief essay explaining how you felt about Congreve's ending.

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