The Matchmaker 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. Whom does Cook want to call about Ermengarde's absence?

2. Where does Act 3 take place?

3. In Act 4, what does Miss. Van H. plan to serve her guests?

4. What former weakness does Malachi confess to the audience?

5. Miss Van H. suggests Ermengarde do what, after "Ermengarde" is done?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Miss Van H. see as an ultimate act of cruelty?

3. Why are Cornelius and Barnaby delivered to Miss Van H.'s house?

4. What actions show Miss Van H. to be an eccentric character?

5. What does the money give Cornelius the courage to do?

6. What does Mrs. Malloy do at the restaurant that makes her feel young?

7. Who benefits and who loses from the lost purse of money?

8. What is Miss Van H.'s philosophy on life?

9. What comedic mishap takes place with champagne?

10. Why does Miss Van H. want to help Cornelius?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The lost purse is a turning point in The Matchmaker. Explain how this lost purse creates a power shift and why.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Miss Van H. and her lot in life. Why is this significant to the conclusion of The Matchmaker?

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