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1. Which of the following are the major themes in William Congreve’s The Way of the World?
(A) jealousy and revenge
(B) love and intrigue
(C) intrigue and death
(D) love and loyalty
Ans: (B)

2. In the epilogue to Congreve’s Way of the World there is a warning :
Others there are whose malice we’d prevent,
Such, who watch plays, with scurrilous intent
To mark out who by characters are meant.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These, with false glosses feed their own ill – nature,
And turn to libel, what was meant a satire.
What does this warning mean ?

(A) Critics should not be ill-natured and malicious.
(B) Critics should not look for portrait of real people in the play’s characters and remember that the play is a social satire.
(C) Critics should avoid writing malicious reviews, lest they be charged with libel.
(D) Critics should try to identify the real-life equivalent for each character.
Ans: (B)

3. In William Congreve’s The Way of the World Fairall is Lady Wishfort’s
(A) Son
(B) Son-in-law
(C) Nephew
(D) Servant
Ans: (B)

4. Which of the following plays is not written by Congreve ?
(A) The way of the World
(B) The Old Bachelor
(C) Love for Love
(D) The Relapse
Ans: (D)

5. Congreve’s The way of the world ends with :
(A) a dance party
(B) punishment of Lady Wishfort
(C) sending of Mr Fainall to prison
(D) reconciliation of Petulant Whitwood
Ans: (A)

6. The Restoration comedy, The Double Dealer was written by
(A) John Dryden
(B) William Wycherley
(C) William Congreve
(D) George Etherege
Ans: (C)

7. What is common to the following writers? Identify the correct description below:
William Congreve
George Etherege
William Wycherley
Thomas Otway
(A) All of these were Restoration playwrights
(B) All of them were critics of Orwell’s regime
(C) All of them edited Shakespeare’s plays
(D) All of them wrote tragedies in the same age
Ans: (A)

8. Where does Act I Scene 1 of William Congreve’s Way of the World open?
(A) A Chocolate-House
(B) A Pub
(C) A Carrefour
(D) The drawing room of Sir Willfull’s mansion
Ans: (A)

9. The following are two lists of dramatists and their plays. Match them:
I. George Etheredge
II. William Wycherley
III. John Vanbrugh
IV. William Congreve
1. The Country Wife
2. The Man of Mode
3. The Double Dealer
4. The Provok’d Wife
The correct combination is:
(A) 2 3 4 1
(B) 3 2 1 4
(C) 4 3 2 1
(D) 2 1 4 3
Ans: (D)

10. “Heav’n has no rage, like love to hatred turn’d / Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d.”
Identify the text in which the above quote occurs :

(A) The Double-Dealer
(B) The Way of the World
(C) The Mourning Bride
(D) Love for Love
Ans: (C)

11. Whom does Mirabell deceive into believing that he loves her in The Way of the World?
(A) Millamant
(B) Lady Wishfort
(C) Mrs. Marwood
(D) Mrs. Fainall
Ans: (B)

12. In William Congreve’s The Way of the World identify the speaker of the line : “One’s
cruelty is one’s power, and when one parts with one’s cruelty, one parts with one’s power.”

(A) Mirabell
(B) Witwoud
(C) Millamant
(D) Mincing
Ans: (C)

13. In 1692 William Congreve published Incognita, a work of fiction which is dubbed a ‘novel’ on its title-page. What is the sub-title ?
(A) Love and Duty Reconcil’d
(B) Beauty in Distress
(C) Virtue Rewarded
(D) Love in Excess
Ans: (A)

14. Which of the following statements is true of The Way of the World ?
(A) The Way of the World failed on stage.
(B) Millamant and Mirabell fail to obtain the consent of Millamant’s aunt for their marriage
(C) The Way of the World presents a heroine pretending to love an older man.
(D) The Way of the World was performed and published in 1702.
Ans: (A)

15. Jeremy Collier’s A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage attacked among others.
(A) John Bunyan
(B) Thomas Rhymer
(C) William Congreve
(D) Henry Fielding
Ans: (C)

16. In Restoration comedy, character names often reveal character traits. What trait does the name Sir Wilfull Witwoud reveal?
(A) Woodenness
(B) Miserliness
(C) A desire to be thought of as witty
(D) Petulance
Ans: (C)

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