The Way of the World Test | Final 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 Mrs. Millamant leave the room after the arrival of Witwoud and Petulant?

2. What does Mrs. Marwood do to stop the argument between Petulant and Sir Wilfull in Act 3, Scene 3?

3. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?

4. What else does Sir Wilfull say when he apologizes for his drunken behavior?

5. As Act 3, Scene 3 opens, Mrs. Millamant and Mrs. Marwood are talking. What do we learn from their interaction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the black box?

2. How do you think audiences in this era would react to such a revolutionary position as that of Mrs. Millamant who was asking for equal rights?

3. Why does Mirabell agree to help the Fainall's achieve peace in their marriage?

4. As Act 4, Scene 2 opens Waitwell seems to be successful in his pursuit of Lady Wishfort. Why is this so? What is Lady Wishfort's reaction?

5. Discuss Mrs. Marwood's statements in Act 5, Scene 2.

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

7. In what way does the discussion of marriage between Lady Wishfort and Sir Rowland differ from the discussion of Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell?

8. Explain the significance of Sir Wilfull Witwoud's travels.

9. Why does Lady Wishfort accept Mirabell offer to help Mrs. Millamant?

10. Why is Mrs. Marwood trying to provoke Mrs. Millamant in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

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 3

Congreve claimed that 'Fame and fortune are fleeting'. What does he mean by this statement? Do you think it is true? Why or why not? Give specific examples (either from the play or real life) to illustrate your point of view.

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