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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 is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?
2. What else does Sir Wilfull say when he apologizes for his drunken behavior?
3. What is Lady Wishfort's reaction to Mrs. Marwood's suggestion about Mrs. Fainall?
4. What does Mrs. Millamant ask Witwoud and Petulant as they enter the room in Act 3, Scene 3?
5. What does Foible claim that Lady Wishfort will discover about Waitwell?
Short Essay Questions
1. Is Mirabell's elaborate plot going to be successful? Explain why or why not?
2. Why is Mrs. Marwood trying to provoke Mrs. Millamant in Act 3, Scene 3?
3. 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?
4. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.
5. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?
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. Throughout the play, Mirabell has protested his love for Mrs. Millamant. Citing specific examples, what are some of the ways he has demonstrated his love for Mrs. Millamant?
9. Does Congreve achieve his purpose with the endless teasing of Sir Wilfull by his half-brother Witwoud and Petulant?
10. Discuss Mrs. Marwood's statements in Act 5, Scene 2.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The motives of the characters seem to determine their success in the play. Discuss the different character's motivations in this play. Did any of them have the same motivations? What factors influenced the character's motivations?
Essay Topic 3
In the prologue, Congreve claims that tastes are determined by fate and that natural fools are blessed by fate. What does he mean? Does fate determine our destiny? Why or why not? Explain your answer.
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