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. Does Mrs. Marwood tell Lady Wishfort everything she overheard?

2. What does Mrs. Marwood say to Mrs. Fainall about men?

3. While drinking chocolate, what else are Mirabell and Fainall doing?

4. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?

5. What is the second kind of fool blessed by?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1 become a symbol.

2. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

3. Is Mirabell's elaborate plot going to be successful? Explain why or why not?

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

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

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

7. How have the fortunes of the lovers been determined in this play? Is this a good thing or a bad one? Explain your point of view.

8. As a play, The Way of the World met with little success. However, critics believe it is one of the best comedies of manners ever written. Why do you think there is such a difference in opinion between audiences and critics?

9. What makes the scene between Mrs. Fainall and Foible comic?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Find at least three examples in the play which show how Mirabell feels about Mrs. Millamant. Is his love true? What is true love? Explain your point of view.

Essay Topic 2

Do the characters in the play show growth or changes as the play progresses? How much of the play's meaning depends on this growth? How do you think the characters will have changed five or ten years from now?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think that the audiences of Restoration society did not like the play? Would audiences today be more receptive? Why or why not.

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