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. What phrase describes the relationship between Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall?

2. What has Mrs. Marwood overheard in her hiding place while Lady Wishfort questions Foible and after Lady Wishfort leaves the room?

3. Which word best describes what Mincing believes Witwoud to be?

4. What news does the footman bring Mirabell at the chocolate house?

5. Why did Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall choose Fainall as her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Describe Mirabell's character.

3. Describe Petulant.

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

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

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

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

8. What do you think that Mirabell's scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant will entail?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Congreve's play is a comedy yet it has serious overtones. Explain how the playwright achieves both in this work. Give examples to illustrate your points.

Essay Topic 2

How has Congreve worked to make us feel sympathetic to certain characters while having no sympathy for others? Explain your answer with specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

In your opinion, who was the most successful character in achieving his or her goals in the play? Why have you chosen this character? Explain why you think this character succeeded where other failed.

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