The Critic Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What claim does Dangle make in defense of the theatre?

2. Who hints that they have influenced what is read in papers and public advertisements?

3. Who suggests that someone would be doing Plagiary a favor by stealing his ideas?

4. When Plagiary asks if Dangle and Sneer like his play, what does Sneer say?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Plagiary demonstrate hypocrisy concerning Sneer?

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

5. What do Dangle, Sneer and Plagiary argue about?

6. What does Puff use his argument as?

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

8. What two opinions does Mrs. Dangle give of Plagiary's play?

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

10. What happens directly after Puff arrives?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is the setting of "The Critic" significant? What would change if the play were set in a different location?

Essay Topic 2

Investigate "The Critic" as a satire. How does it adhere to and differ from the satire? What changes could be made to mark it more clearly as a satire? What changes could be made to prevent critics from classifying the play as a satire?

Essay Topic 3

Do you agree with Shakespeare's theory about actors being "the abstract and brief chronicles of the times"? Do you agree with Puff's interpretation of the theory being applied to plays? Why or why not?

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