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

2. How did Puff make his living?
(a) By producing plays.
(b) By writing novels about his childhood.
(c) By writing plays.
(d) By inventing a series of personal setbacks and writing about them.

3. Where does Puff agree to meet Dangle and Sneer?
(a) At Dangle's house.
(b) At Sneer's house.
(c) At the corner between Dangle's house and the theatre.
(d) At the theatre.

4. Dangle comments that one of Sneer's plays is a tragedy, but Sneer disagrees and tells him it is what kind of play?
(a) A sentimental romance.
(b) A historical romance.
(c) A satire.
(d) A Shakespearean classic.

5. What does Puff express joy at in extravagant language?
(a) Having his last rehearsal.
(b) Succeeding at puffing.
(c) Meeting Dangle.
(d) Meeting Sneer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Dangle tell his wife to offer refreshments to?

2. When does the Servant announce Puff's arrival?

3. What does Sneer tell Puff is the only thing that could make him respect Puff more?

4. Whose purity is referred to in the Prologue?

5. Whose arrival does the servant announce near the end of Act 1, Scene 1, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Plagiary react to the imaginary critique of his play?

2. When Dangle comments on the next scene beginning with a line from Shakespeare's "Othello", how does Puff respond?

3. What does Puff use his argument as?

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

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

6. What does Sneer say about audiences?

7. How do Dangle and Sneer react to the scene about the orphan?

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

9. What does Dangle say about each of Sneer's plays, and how does Sneer respond?

10. What does each of the characters (Dangle, Mrs. Dangle, and Sneer) believe is the cause of the deterioration of theatre?

(see the answer keys)

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