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

2. What purpose does the interaction between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort serve as they discuss marriage?

3. What does the item that Waitwell brings into the room in the last scene contain?

4. How is this play properly classified?

5. What does Mirabell do to Fainall at the end of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

9. What is the significance of the black box?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Did you like the ending of the play? Do you think it was consistent with the events leading up to the conclusion? How would you have changed it? Write a brief essay explaining how you felt about Congreve's ending.

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