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. All of the following characteristics of Lady Wishfort's girlish excitement at Sir Rowland's visit are revealed except one. Which characteristic is not true of Lady Wishfort?

2. What advice does Mirabell give Lady Wishfort when she protests Fainall's demands?

3. Why does Lady Wishfort criticize her daughter, Mrs. Fainall?

4. What does Mrs. Fainall ask the maids to do for her at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?

5. What inconvenience does Foible point out about Sir Rowland to Lady Wishfort?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain the significance of Sir Wilfull Witwoud's travels.

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

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

7. Discuss Lady Wishfort's character as it has developed throughout the play.

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

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

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

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

Congreve claimed that 'Fame and fortune are fleeting'. What does he mean by this statement? Do you think it is true? Why or why not? Give specific examples (either from the play or real life) to illustrate your point of view.

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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