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. Who would have received Mrs. Millamant's fortune if Lady Wishfort took it from her?

2. Even though she has been deceived by Mirabell and berates Foible, Lady Wishfort is shown as a __________ character.

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

4. Lady Wishfort convinces herself that her daughter is innocent in a soliloquy. What is a soliloquy?

5. What advice does Mirabell give Lady Wishfort when she protests Fainall's demands?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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