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. How do we know Lady Wishfort has not read the entire letter?

2. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?

3. What qualities is the proposed marriage between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort rooted in?

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

5. How does Mrs. Millamant show her devilish attitude during her chat with Mrs. Marwood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.

2. What makes the scene between Mrs. Fainall and Foible comic?

3. 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?

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

5. What is the significance of the black box?

6. Why does Lady Wishfort come to the conclusion that Sir Wilfull will not make a good husband for Mrs. Millamant?

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

8. Discuss Lady Wishfort's reaction to Foible's revelations in Act 5, Scene 1.

9. Is Mirabell's elaborate plot going to be successful? Explain why or why not?

10. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In what ways has the structure of play changed since Congreve wrote The Way of the World? Give specific examples to back up your statements.

Essay Topic 3

If you were a friend of Mirabell, would you have supported his scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant? Explain why or why not.

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