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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. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?
2. What does Mirabell, on the other hand, ask of Mrs. Millamant if they are married?
3. Why is Fainall upset with Mrs. Marwood at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?
4. What does Foible claim that Lady Wishfort will discover about Waitwell?
5. What does the item that Waitwell brings into the room in the last scene contain?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.
2. Why does Mirabell agree to help the Fainall's achieve peace in their marriage?
3. Why is Mrs. Marwood one of the least sympathetic characters in the play?
4. 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?
5. Why does Lady Wishfort accept Mirabell offer to help Mrs. Millamant?
6. Why is this play considered to be universal instead of simply a Restoration comedy of manners?
7. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?
8. Is Mirabell's elaborate plot going to be successful? Explain why or why not?
9. How do you think audiences in this era would react to such a revolutionary position as that of Mrs. Millamant who was asking for equal rights?
10. In what way does the discussion of marriage between Lady Wishfort and Sir Rowland differ from the discussion of Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell?
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
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.
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