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

2. Why does Valpone allegedly admire lawyers?

3. What animal is Mosca's name associated with?

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

5. What does Jonson express that he hopes his play will be?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Valpone elicit Celia to throw down her handkerchief?

5. What case does Voltore draw against Bonario?

6. What is the setting of this play?

7. How are Nano, Castrone, and Androgyno defined in the text?

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

9. What does Mosca tell Corvino is the one thing he can do to help save Valpone's life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the characters in the novel have an animal that is associated with their names. Choose two characters in the play and explain the animal that is associated with their names. Then, explain whether or not you believe this animal to be an appropriate association with the character, and why.

Essay Topic 2

Valpone's deception of the legacy hunters is a very broad and winding plan that takes more shape than what he first planned. Explain what Valpone's initial plan of deceit was and how the plan took shape as they play progressed.

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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