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. What does Foible claim that Lady Wishfort will discover about Waitwell?

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

3. 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?

4. What is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. As a play, The Way of the World met with little success. However, critics believe it is one of the best comedies of manners ever written. Why do you think there is such a difference in opinion between audiences and critics?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think that the audiences of Restoration society did not like the play? Would audiences today be more receptive? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Congreve was criticized because he did not use farce in his play. Why was this important to the audiences? How is farce used in today's literature, movies, and TV programs?

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