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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 are Valpone's two men dressed as when they arrive at Celia's home?

2. What does Corbaccio wish to have restored to him?

3. During what era is Valpone's story set?

4. Who is married to Celia?

5. What is Valpone lying about to the Venetian businessmen who have befriended him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Sir Political Would-Be and Peregrine react to the scene of the medicine man's arrival?

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

3. What case does Voltore draw against Bonario?

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

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

6. How does the audience know that Corbaccio's hearing is failing?

7. What is Valpone's punishment for misleading the courts?

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

9. What plan does Sir Politic entrust with Peregrine after discussing how to become a gentleman in Venice?

10. What con is Valpone pulling over the Venetian businessmen?

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 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 3

There is a strict caste system in the world in which Valpone resides. Describe each of the levels of the caste system, who lives in each level, and how the levels can be identified by the audience, either through reading the text or watching a production of the play on stage.

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