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 Congreve say these critics should be the subject of onstage satire?

2. Congreve's claim that there are three types of critics includes all except one of the following. Which one is it?

3. Why is Congreve's play timeless?

4. What does Congreve's cheerful discussion of marriage reveal to the audience?

5. What does Mrs. Millamant achieve when she renounces Mirabell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Compare Congreve's opinions on love, marriage, and honesty with another play, novel, movie, etc. you know well.

8. Explain Mrs. Fainall's relief at not being found out by her mother.

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

10. What is the significance of the black box?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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