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 is Fainall upset with Mrs. Marwood at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?

2. How does Mrs. Millamant show her devilish attitude during her chat with Mrs. Marwood?

3. When Fainall enters in Act 5, Scene 2, what does he do?

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

5. What does Mrs. Marwood's letter to Lady Wishfort reveal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do critics today differ from Congreve's description of them?

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. How have the fortunes of the lovers been determined in this play? Is this a good thing or a bad one? Explain your point of view.

5. Why is Mrs. Marwood one of the least sympathetic characters in the play?

6. What is the significance of the black box?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lady Wishfort is a vain, silly woman who is bound by the rules of Restoration society. Discuss her character giving illustrations from the play. What are some of the rules she tried to obey? How is this different from today's society?

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

How has Congreve worked to make us feel sympathetic to certain characters while having no sympathy for others? Explain your answer with specific examples from the play.

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