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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 Volotre arrives, what does Valpone rush to change into?

2. What do the Venetian businessmen gift to Valpone in the hopes of working their way into his will?

3. How does Valpone react to the "private" conversation Mosca has with Voltore when escorting him away from the house?

4. What is Valpone pretending to be doing when Corvino enters the room?

5. Who shows Voltore into Valpone's room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does Valpone play in his own court case?

3. What type of boasting does Jonson express in his Prologue of the play?

4. How does Valpone feel about his accrued wealth?

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

6. What type of acrostic does Jonson employ in his Prologue?

7. What case does Voltore draw against Celia?

8. How does Peregrine treat Sir Political Would-Be once he realizes that the man is gullible?

9. How does Valpone respond to the news that Voltoro has come to pay him a visit?

10. What happens when Voltore overhears Corbaccio and Mosca discussing Valpone's will?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, the audience almost always knows more than the characters on stage. Give two examples of times when the audience knows more about the plot of the play than the characters involved, and then explain what kind of relationship is created with the audience when most of the characters in the play are ignorant to the events happening around them.

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