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

2. What is Lady Wishfort doing as Act 4, Scene 2 commences?

3. Who would have received Mrs. Millamant's fortune if Lady Wishfort took it from her?

4. What does Mrs. Marwood's discussion with Fainall reveal about her character?

5. Why was the cologne given to the footmen?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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 Mrs. Marwood trying to provoke Mrs. Millamant in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

10. What is the significance of the black box?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Congreve was criticized because he did not use farce in his play. Why was this important to the audiences? How is farce used in today's literature, movies, and TV programs?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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