Volpone Test | 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 does Voltore do for a living?

2. When is the only time Celia is allowed to leave the house?

3. Why have Nano, Castrone, and Androgyno come to visit with Valpone?

4. How does Corvino plan to block Celia's window?

5. How does Mosca claim Valpone feels about his bastard children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What case does Voltore draw against Bonario?

2. What gifts does Corbaccio bring to Valpone when he visits?

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

4. Why do Corbaccio, Voltore, and Mosca head to the courts to press charges?

5. What case does Voltore draw against Celia?

6. How does Valpone feel about Lady Political Would-Be?

7. What does Mosca confess to Voltore when he is showing him out of Valpone's room?

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

9. How does Corvino react to Valpone's physical state when he enters the room during their first visit?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Historians have long struggled to classify "Valpone" as either a tragedy or a comedy. Briefly explain the characteristics of each genre and argue which category you believe "Valpone" belongs to, and why.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the play, Valpone pleads with the audience to learn from the mistakes of the characters in the play. Explain what Valpone meant by this statement and give examples of two characters whose lessons could be learned. Finally, explain whether or not it was effective for Valpone to plead with the audience at the end of the play, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Valpone has two main women in his life, Celia and Lady Would-Be. Briefly describe each woman and explain her relationship with Valpone. Then, describe the ways that they each act to alter Valpone's life and death.

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