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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who praises Puff's cleverness in making a living at puffing?
(a) Puff.
(b) Plagiary.
(c) Sneer.
(d) Dangle.

2. Who is the well-known writer whose pending production Dangle reads about in Act 1, Scene 1, Part 1?
(a) Dangle.
(b) Puff.
(c) Plagiary.
(d) Sneer.

3. What does Plagiary claim he is glad when a wise critic does?
(a) Laughs at him.
(b) Points out his play's flaws.
(c) Steals his work.
(d) Lies about liking his play.

4. Who comments that Plagiary's humility is false?
(a) Puff.
(b) Sneer.
(c) Plagiary.
(d) Dangle.

5. What does Sheridan's play satirize?
(a) Plays.
(b) Playwrights.
(c) Friends.
(d) Critics.

6. Who says Plagiary's play is perfect?
(a) Mrs. Dangle.
(b) Puff.
(c) Dangle.
(d) Sneer.

7. How does Plagiary treat the negative comments about his work?
(a) Very seriously.
(b) He decides never to write again.
(c) As a joke.
(d) He starts crying.

8. Why would Plagiary rather be abused than not mentioned at all?
(a) Because he is so desperate to be popular.
(b) Because he will lose his pension otherwise.
(c) Because he needs the money.
(d) Plagiary would not rather be abused than not mentioned at all.

9. Where does Act 1, Scene 1, Part 1 begin?
(a) In the street.
(b) In Dangle's house.
(c) In Plagiary's house.
(d) In the theatre.

10. Of what is Plagiary scared?
(a) People stealing his ideas.
(b) People thinking that he is a good writer.
(c) People laughing at his work.
(d) People hating him.

11. What claim does Dangle make in defense of the theatre?
(a) It is important because it reveals the values of the time and its people.
(b) It is fun to watch.
(c) It is tiresome and exhausting.
(d) It is important because it shows real life.

12. When Puff changes his way of making a living, what does he turn to?
(a) His talents for word usage and manipulation.
(b) His talents in acting and theatrics.
(c) His training as a chef.
(d) His training as a carriage driver.

13. Who tells Plagiary that his play seems to lack incident?
(a) Sneer.
(b) Dangle.
(c) Puff.
(d) Mrs. Dangle.

14. Why does Dangle interrupt his wife at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1, Part 2?
(a) To ask for some tea.
(b) To say that he is hungry.
(c) To say that she is wrong.
(d) To remind her that the children are calling her.

15. What does Mrs. Dangle tell Plagiary about Dangle and Sneer?
(a) That she hates both Dangle and Sneer.
(b) She does not tell them anything.
(c) That they were both just saying how much they hated his play.
(d) That they want to support him financially.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Puff's lengthy speech on puffing, what does Sneer claim that he recognizes the importance of?

2. Who asks for Sneer and Dangle's help at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What does Puff list examples of?

4. What author is alluded to in the Prologue?

5. Where was "The Critic" first performed?

(see the answer keys)

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