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 is this play properly classified?

2. Which one of the following statements was not revealed by Mincing to Foible?

3. What are the first poets going to do when judging a play?

4. What does Mrs. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?

5. All of the following characteristics of Lady Wishfort's girlish excitement at Sir Rowland's visit are revealed except one. Which characteristic is not true of Lady Wishfort?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Lady Wishfort's plans for receiving Sir Rowland. Why are the plans so elaborate?

3. Explain the significance of the document in the black box.

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

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

6. Lay out Fainall's demands to keep his knowledge about his wife from society. Is this a reasonable revenge or not?

7. What is the significance of the black box?

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

9. Throughout the play, Mirabell has protested his love for Mrs. Millamant. Citing specific examples, what are some of the ways he has demonstrated his love for Mrs. Millamant?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Congreve has used poetic devices such as eavesdropping, foreshadowing, and symbols. Citing examples from the play, how did he use each element? Was his use of the device effective or not? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are multiple devious characters in this play. Discuss who they are, their motivations, and their purpose in the play. Did they deserve their outcome? Why or why not?

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