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 demands does Mrs. Millamant's discussion with Mirabell about marriage reveal?

2. Which character(s) is/are not present in Lady Wishfort's dining room?

3. Why does Mrs. Marwood urge Lady Wishfort to reconsider her desire to hear Fainall's proof of his wife's adultery?

4. Which one of the following statements was not revealed by Mincing to Foible?

5. What does the final couplet of the play warn the audience against?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Mrs. Marwood's statements in Act 5, Scene 2.

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. In what way does the discussion of marriage between Lady Wishfort and Sir Rowland differ from the discussion of Mrs. Millamant and Mirabell?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, who was the most successful character in achieving his or her goals in the play? Why have you chosen this character? Explain why you think this character succeeded where other failed.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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