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

2. Whose arrival does the servant announce near the end of Act 1, Scene 1, Part 2?
(a) Plagiary.
(b) A group of Italian musicians and an Interpreter.
(c) Puff.
(d) Sneer.

3. Who refers to a nasty notice about Plagiary's play in an earlier newspaper?
(a) Dangle.
(b) Puff.
(c) Sneer.
(d) Mrs. Dangle.

4. When does the Servant announce Puff's arrival?
(a) When Dangle enters the room.
(b) After the musicians finish playing.
(c) Before the musicians start playing.
(d) As Puff enters the room.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who decides to invent something that was said about Plagiary's play?

2. What does Sheridan's play satirize?

3. Who complains that the theatre has deteriorated from a venue suitable for moral messages to a place where people go simply to be entertained?

4. Where does Act 1, Scene 1, Part 1 begin?

5. To what does Sneer compare the modesty of audiences?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Puff begin to feel guilty about, and how did he alleviate his guilt?

2. Why does Mrs. Dangle ask for Dangle and Sneer's help at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

3. Describe Dangle's argument with his wife during breakfast.

4. During and after the scene about the orphan, what does Puff say about this scene?

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

6. What does Puff argue for in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

7. What does Dangle ask Puff about his play, and how does Puff respond?

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

9. How does Plagiary demonstrate hypocrisy concerning Sneer?

10. What do Dangle and Sneer hope for and how does Puff reply?

(see the answer keys)

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