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 Congreve choose this symbol of cosmetics?

2. Act 2, Scene 2 reveals the reason Mrs. Fainall married her husband. What was the reason?

3. What does Mrs. Marwood mean when she tells Lady Wishfort she was entertained by what she heard?

4. What does Mirabell state that he believes about Mrs. Millamant to Fainall?

5. For what purpose are the cosmetics used in Act 3, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lady Wishfort.

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

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

4. Describe Mirabell's feelings for Mrs. Millamant when he discusses his love for her with Fainall in Act 1, Scene 2 in the chocolate house.

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

6. Mrs. Marwood is someone who thinks of revenge when others cross her. What scheme do you think Mrs. Marwood is planning to extract her revenge on Mirabell?

7. 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?

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

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

10. Describe Petulant.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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