The Matchmaker Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Mrs. Levi suffer from?

2. How much money does Mr. Vandergelder lend Mrs. Levi?

3. In Act 2, what type of outing are Cornelius and Barnaby on?

4. According to legend, Cornelius physically pulled who in a carriage?

5. What does Mrs. Levi reveal to Ambrose?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mrs. Levi do when she realizes Mr. Vandergelder is spying on her, Ermengarde, and Ambrose?

2. How does Cornelius plan to stay in the store without buying a hat?

3. Describe the attire worn by Mr. Vandergelder to woo Mrs. Malloy, as well as the gift he brings for her.

4. How does Cornelius feel about Mrs. Malloy in Act 2? At what point is this revealed?

5. Mrs. Levi tries to convince Ambrose to get Mr. Vandergelder's blessing. Why?

6. How do Cornelius and Barnaby describe Mr. Vandergelder to Mrs. Malloy?

7. What has Mrs. Levi discovered about Mr. Vandergelder and what does she plan to do about it?

8. Describe the character Ermengarde.

9. Why is Cornelius worried, upon taking Mrs. Malloy and Minnie out to dinner?

10. What character change does Ermengarde demonstrate when Miss Van H. plans to leave her and Ambrose in the hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The interaction of the characters is a major part in the resolution of the play. Analyze how and why all of the characters are brought together in Act 4 and the resulting conclusion of this meeting.

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of the play, Mr. Vandergelder is seen as all powerful, controlling many of the characters' lives. Citing examples from the text, examine how Mr. Vandergelder's hold over the characters lessens throughout The Matchmaker and why.

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of The Matchmaker, the character Malachi is presented as a fool. What other, surprising role does Malachi play throughout the play?

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