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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 are the different symbols used throughout the play to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

Essay Topic 2

How does the point-of-view enhance and inhibit the story? How would the story be different if a different point of view were used?

Essay Topic 3

How does Richard Sheridan's occupation as a playwright affect his writing of "The Critic"? How is it ironic that he is mocking his own institution?

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