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. Who is Sir Rowland?

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

3. What does Lady Wishfort do when she enters her dressing room?

4. What does the prologue permit Congreve to do to the audience?

5. All of the following are true except one. As Mrs. Marwood discovers Mirabell's plot, she ______ .

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?

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

3. Why do we feel sympathy for Lady Wishfort even though she is vain and is berating a servant at the beginning Act 5, Scene 1?

4. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.

5. Describe what we know about Mrs. Marwood at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1.

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

7. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?

8. What opinion do you have of Mirabell's trickery in pretending to love Lady Wishfort in order to marry Mrs. Millamant? Is this too far-fetched to be believable or is it a possibility? Explain your point of view using specific examples from the play.

9. Discuss Lady Wishfort's plans for receiving Sir Rowland. Why are the plans so elaborate?

10. Why is Mrs. Marwood one of the least sympathetic characters in the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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