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 the dramatic device of naming characters that are symbolic of their personality traits allow the playwright Congreve to do?

3. What is Lady Wishfort planning to do?

4. Where are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood as Act 2, Scene 1 opens?

5. By firing back at the audience, what does Congreve do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lady Wishfort.

2. Describe Mirabell's character.

3. Why does Congreve use 'eavesdropping' in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. 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?

5. Describe Fainall's character.

6. In Act 3, Scene 1, Lady Wishfort is excited about the arrival of Sir Rowland in the evening. In a short paragraph, describe the Sir Rowland plot as shown up to this point. What do you think will happen to Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort?

7. 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.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Lady Wishfort is a vain, silly woman who is bound by the rules of Restoration society. Discuss her character giving illustrations from the play. What are some of the rules she tried to obey? How is this different from today's society?

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