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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. When Volotre arrives, what does Valpone rush to change into?
(a) His sick clothes.
(b) His riding clothes.
(c) His old school uniform.
(d) His pajamas.

2. How does Valpone respond to Nano's tracing of his soul?
(a) He begins to swear.
(b) He begins to shout.
(c) He begins to sing.
(d) He begins to shake.

3. What do the Venetian businessmen gift to Valpone in the hopes of working their way into his will?
(a) Expensive gifts.
(b) Horses.
(c) Flowers.
(d) Houses.

4. What does Corbaccio wish to have restored to him?
(a) His youth.
(b) His family.
(c) His speech.
(d) His fortune.

5. Which of the following is NOT something that Sir Political Would-Be attempts to educate Peregrine on during their discussion?
(a) How to save money during travel.
(b) How to be an expert traveler.
(c) How to make friends with foreigners.
(d) How to survive in a strange city.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Mosca tell Voltore he is sure will be named Valpone's heir?

2. How does Valpone react to Corbaccio's second gift?

3. Why does Mosca hurry Voltore out the door after his visit with Valpone?

4. What literary technique does Jonson use to write the opening of the play?

5. What does Jonson hope is the main thing audiences take away from his play?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Valpone react to the final verdict in the court room?

2. How does Mosca react to the news that he has been named as Valpone's heir?

3. In his soliloquy to the audience, what realizations about himself does Mosca make?

4. What type of acrostic does Jonson employ in his Prologue?

5. What plot does Mosca attempt to trick Corvino into joining with him, and what is Corvino's reaction?

6. How is Valpone wounded after his visit with Celia?

7. How does Peregrine exact his revenge against Sir Politic?

8. How does Corvino respond to the Medicine Man's presence in his home?

9. How does Valpone react to Mosca's torment of Voltore?

10. What is the setting of this play?

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