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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. Which of the following terms do Mosca and Valpone use to describe their visitors?
(a) Freaks.
(b) Fools.
(c) Animals.
(d) Gentlemen.

2. How much of the plot of the play does Jonson spell out for the reader in the opening?
(a) All of it.
(b) More than half of it.
(c) None of it.
(d) Less than half of it.

3. Who does Valpone enlist to be his number one man in making Celia his?
(a) Androgyno.
(b) Castrone.
(c) Mosca.
(d) Nano.

4. What relationship does Mosca have with Valpone?
(a) He is Valpone's business partner.
(b) He is Valpone's assistant.
(c) He is Valpone's brother.
(d) He is Valpone's son.

5. What event does Corvino tell his wife to dress for after his conversation with Mosca?
(a) A funeral.
(b) An opera.
(c) A feast.
(d) A wedding.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Valpone claim wounded him during his scuffle with Corvino?

2. What term does Valpone use to describe his three unusual visitors?

3. Which is the second university that Jonson dedicates his play to?

4. Who does Mosca suggest Corbaccio disinherit?

5. Which of the following adjectives best describes Sir Political Would-Be?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nano attempt to entertain Valpone when he comes to visit?

2. What deductions about Sir Political Would-Be's character does Peregrine make during their conversation about travel?

3. What happens when Bonario overhears Valpone threatening to rape Celia?

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

5. How does Celia react when she figures out her husband's plan to work his way into Valpone's will?

6. What type of boasting does Jonson express in his Prologue of the play?

7. What do Mosca and Corvino discuss when they think Valpone cannot hear them?

8. How does Mosca react to the news that Valpone has been found out as a liar?

9. Who is Valpone's heir?

10. How does Corbaccio enter the scene when he comes to visit with Valpone?

(see the answer keys)

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