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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. To what does Sneer compare the modesty of audiences?
(a) The false modesty of prostitutes.
(b) The true modesty of nuns.
(c) The false modesty of police officers.
(d) The false modesty of teachers.

2. What does Plagiary claim about incident in his play?
(a) There is not enough in the last act.
(b) There is not enough.
(c) There is too much.
(d) There is too much in the last act.

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

4. What author is alluded to in the Prologue?
(a) Dryden.
(b) Austen.
(c) Marlowe.
(d) Shakespeare.

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

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. What does Plagiary say about Sneer in an aside?

3. Why does Puff object to Dangle's suggestion at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Why does Mrs. Dangle claim that Plagiary is a favorite of hers?

5. Who tells Plagiary that his play seems to lack incident?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dangle ask Plagiary about his play, and how does Plagiary respond?

2. What does Puff do during the rehearsal of his play?

3. What does Sneer say about audiences?

4. What does Puff do during Tilburina's mad scene?

5. How do Dangle, Mrs. Dangle, and Sneer react to the announcement of Plagiary's arrival?

6. When the prompter announces the beginning of the rehearsal, what does he warn Puff about?

7. What do Dangle, Sneer, and Plagiary discuss in terms of the incidents in Plagiary's play?

8. What does Puff talk about at great length?

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

10. What does Dangle say about the romance in Puff's play, and how does Puff respond?

(see the answer keys)

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