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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After Puff's lengthy speech on puffing, what does Sneer claim that he recognizes the importance of?
(a) The theatre.
(b) Puff's profession.
(c) Puff's last rehearsal.
(d) Sneer's family life.

2. 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.

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

4. Who speaks in the Prologue?
(a) The Honourable Richard Fitzpatrick.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
(d) The main actor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sneer say the critic wrote about Plagiary?

2. What does Sheridan's play satirize?

3. What does the Prologue accuse the Muses of being corrupted by?

4. What does Plagiary say about Sneer in an aside?

5. Who announces Sneer's arrival?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Puff describe the under-plot of his play?

2. What fear does Plagiary express, and how does Sneer mock him?

3. How does Puff respond to Dangle and Sneer's questions and comments?

4. What is a satire, and who is the target of this particular satire?

5. How do Puff and Dangle comment on the romantic complications in the play?

6. What happens directly after Puff arrives?

7. According to Puff, what is the meaning of the man who appears, shakes his head, and exits in silence?

8. Describe the conversation between Dangle, Sneer, and Puff regarding Puff's play.

9. How does Dangle defend himself during his argument with his wife?

10. What is the role of the Muses in the Prologue?

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