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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

Halfway through the play, Mosca is described as parasite rather than a servant. Explain what it means to be a parasite in the text of this play and argue whether or not this is a fair assessment of Mosca's character.

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

When Valpone's plan is eventually revealed to the court, all of the characters involved receive individual and unique punishments. Create a list of the five characters that were involved in Valpone's plan and explain what the punishment for each of the characters was. Then, explain whether or not you believe that the punishments doled out fit the crimes, and why.

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