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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. Where does Miss Van H. tell "Ambrose" to warm his feet?
2. Mrs. Malloy suggests Cornelius not be what when ordering?
3. What does August do when Cornelius opens the champagne?
4. Whose house does Mr. Vandergelder want the cabman to go?
5. Where does Act 3 take place?
Short Essay Questions
1. What set of young lovers is Mr. Vandergelder surprised to see at the restaurant and what is his reaction?
2. What is Miss Van H.'s philosophy on life?
3. Why does Miss Van H. decide to help the second group that shows up at her home, even though she is not sure who they are?
4. Why does Barnaby protest the bath offered by Miss Van H.?
5. What type of unwanted advice does Malachi deliver at the beginning of Act 3?
6. Why does Miss Van H. want to help Cornelius?
7. What does Miss Van H. offer to do Barnaby to prevent him from getting cold in the bath and why is this comedic?
8. What comedic mishap takes place with champagne?
9. What surprising acts of kindness are demonstrated by Mr. Vandergelder at the end of Act 4?
10. Why is Ermengarde worried about being in a restaurant with Ambrose?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Supporting characters help to move The Matchmaker forward. Choose from one of the following characters and analyze how the character helped to further the plot.
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
Several characters in The Matchmaker have been married before and lost their spouse. Choose from one of the following characters and examine how this loss affected their life.
- Mr. Vandergelder.
- Mrs. Malloy.
- Mrs. Levi.
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