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. How does Foible disobey Lady Wishfort instructions when Lady Wishfort sends Foible to ensure Sir Wilfull and Mrs. Millamant talk?

2. What does Foible claim that Lady Wishfort will discover about Waitwell?

3. Why were Witwoud and Petulant arguing at the end of Act 4, Scent 1?

4. Why is Congreve's play timeless?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Explain Mrs. Fainall's relief at not being found out by her mother.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were a friend of Mirabell, would you have supported his scheme to marry Mrs. Millamant? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Find at least three examples in the play which show how Mirabell feels about Mrs. Millamant. Is his love true? What is true love? Explain your point of view.

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