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 did Waitwell marry Foible?

2. What does Foible tell Mrs. Fainall when Lady Wishfort leaves the dressing room?

3. Why is Fainall bored when talking with Mirabell in the chocolate house?

4. What is Sir Wilfull's relationship with Lady Wishfort?

5. Another dramatic device is used in the final lines of Act 1, Scene 1 when Mirabell hints at a scheme involving Wishfort's maid. This device is known as:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Lady Wishfort.

6. What is the relationship between Waitwell and Foible?

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

8. Describe Petulant.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the terms of marriage between the couples in the play and how those terms of marriage are the same or different from today's marriages. Support your answer with specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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