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 much is Mrs. Millamant's fortune?

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

3. Why is Fainall upset with Mrs. Marwood at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?

4. Lady Wishfort has arranged for the party to include all of the following except one item. Which one is it?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do we feel sympathy for Lady Wishfort even though she is vain and is berating a servant at the beginning Act 5, Scene 1?

2. What is the significance of the black box?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do the characters in the play show growth or changes as the play progresses? How much of the play's meaning depends on this growth? How do you think the characters will have changed five or ten years from now?

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

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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