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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 Corbaccio wish to have restored to him?

2. Which of the following terms do Mosca and Valpone use to describe their visitors?

3. What does Valpone say in response to the gift that Voltore has given him?

4. Who prompted Sir Polical Would-Be to visit Venice?

5. What does Corbaccio bring as a gift for Valpone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What case does Voltore draw against Celia?

2. Who is Sir Political Would-Be?

3. How do the courts find out that Valpone is a liar?

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

5. What is the reaction of the legacy hunters when they hear that Mosca has been named as Valpone's heir?

6. Why does Jonson lay out the entire plot of his play for the audience?

7. What role do Nano and Mosca play in Valpone's hopes of visiting with Celia?

8. How does Lady Would-Be treat Peregrine when she intercepts his conversation with Sir Politic?

9. What case does Voltore draw against Bonario?

10. What confession does Valpone make to Voltore, and for what purpose?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Valpone spends most of the time in the play pretending to be ill. Give examples of three ways that Valpone pretends to be ill and what the reaction to his devices are. Why is it important to Valpone's plan that the legacy hunters believe that he is really ill?

Essay Topic 2

The truth of Valpone's plan is eventually revealed through a series of events that lead to Valpone's demise. Explain how the court system eventually found out about Valpone's deceit and what effect it had on the court cases that were being tried at that time.

Essay Topic 3

Poetry is an important theme throughout the novel as it shows the level of education that many of the characters have, and there are many examples of times that poetry is used in the speech of the characters. Give two examples of poems that are used throughout the text of the play and explain how that poem is used to characterize the speaker to the audience.

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