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 Mirabell state that he believes about Mrs. Millamant to Fainall?

2. Why does Lady Wishfort question Foible in her dressing room?

3. Which word best describes what Mincing believes Witwoud to be?

4. Who is the least important male character in the play?

5. Who told Lady Wishfort about Mirabell's deception?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the prologue, Congreve claims that tastes are determined by fate and that natural fools are blessed by fate. What does he mean? Does fate determine our destiny? Why or why not? Explain your answer.

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