Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Dedication, Argument, Prologue Abstract
* The play opens with an acrostic that spells out the name VALPONE in which Jonson lays out the entire plot of the play for the audience, leaving no real mystery in the text.
* Jonson brags about his ability to write a play, the length of time it took him to create the...
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