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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 tiresome and exhausting.
(c) It is important because it shows real life.
(d) It is fun to watch.

2. With what does Mrs. Dangle claim her husband makes himself look ridiculous?
(a) His lack of style.
(b) His hairpiece.
(c) His womanizing.
(d) His passion for theatre.

3. What does Dangle say about Sneer before Sneer enters?
(a) That they are best friends.
(b) That Sneer is a horrible writer.
(c) That Sneer is his brother.
(d) That he dislikes Sneer's company.

4. What does Sneer tell Puff is the only thing that could make him respect Puff more?
(a) Being loaned an exorbitant amount of money.
(b) Nothing at all.
(c) Being hired as an actor in his new play.
(d) Being allowed to attend the rehearsal of his new play.

5. What does Sneer say the critic wrote about Plagiary?
(a) That Plagiary should stop writing.
(b) That Plagiary is a very good writer.
(c) That Plagiary is completely uninventive.
(d) That Plagiary should be paid more.

6. How does Plagiary respond to the offer to help him send his play to producers?
(a) He says he has already sent it out.
(b) He does not intend to send his play to producers.
(c) He accepts the offer.
(d) He refuses the offer because he does not trust it.

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

8. Whom does Mrs. Dangle say laughs at her husband behind his back?
(a) Plagiary.
(b) Theatre people and non-theatre people alike.
(c) Everyone that they know.
(d) Sneer.

9. Who has a problem understanding the Italian musicians and the Interpreter?
(a) Dangle.
(b) Sneer.
(c) Puff.
(d) Mrs. Dangle.

10. Whose language obscures who he truly is?
(a) Puff's.
(b) Sneer's.
(c) Plagiary's.
(d) Dangle's.

11. What is the driving force of this play?
(a) Pretensions of people who think they know more than they do.
(b) The friendship between two married couples.
(c) The frustrations of an uninspired playwright.
(d) The love between a man and a woman.

12. Why does Mrs. Dangle claim that Plagiary is a favorite of hers?
(a) Because he is very attractive.
(b) Because everyone else abuses him.
(c) Because he is an excellent writer.
(d) Because he is so friendly.

13. Where was "The Critic" first performed?
(a) Drury Lane Theatre.
(b) The Globe Theatre.
(c) The Theater of London.
(d) Three Theatres.

14. When Mrs. Dangle claims that Plagiary's play is a little long, how does Plagiary respond?
(a) He claims that it is actually short.
(b) He completely ignores her.
(c) He storms out of the room.
(d) He agrees with her.

15. What does Puff list examples of?
(a) The different ways in which puffing is used.
(b) The plays that he has written.
(c) The friends he has.
(d) The writers that are not good.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dangle comments that one of Sneer's plays is a tragedy, but Sneer disagrees and tells him it is what kind of play?

2. Who claims that the theatre's deterioration results from the audience?

3. How did Puff's former way of making his living cause him to feel?

4. Who goes out to greet the new guests near the end of Act 1, Scene 1, Part 2?

5. How does Plagiary treat the negative comments about his work?

(see the answer keys)

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