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. Why does Fainall say he married his wife?

2. What reason does Fainall give for Mirabell's deception being revealed?

3. What does Mrs. Marwood promise herself after hearing how Mirabell feels about her?

4. What does Mrs. Fainall reveal to Foible in her mother's dressing room?

5. What has Mrs. Marwood overheard in her hiding place while Lady Wishfort questions Foible and after Lady Wishfort leaves the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Congreve says the play doesn't contain satire yet the play is full of satirical pictures of different behaviors by the characters. Why do you think he made this statement?

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

5. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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

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

8. Describe Lady Wishfort.

9. 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?

10. Describe Mirabell's character.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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