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 Mirabell believe the scheme to deceive Lady Wishfort is necessary?

2. Why did Lady Wishfort need to apply rouge?

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

4. In the chocolate house, what does Mirabel's discussion of Mrs. Millamant's character reveal?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sir Wilfull Witwoud.

2. Why is this play considered to be universal instead of simply a Restoration comedy of manners?

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. 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?

5. Describe Mrs. Millamant.

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. Describe Petulant.

8. In what way(s) is the play different from the usual farce audiences were accustomed to?

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

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

How much are the characters molded by their time and place? Would the same characters act differently in modern society? What traits would remain the same and which ones would be replaced with other traits?

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

Congreve was criticized because he did not use farce in his play. Why was this important to the audiences? How is farce used in today's literature, movies, and TV programs?

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