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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. Which of the following best describes the character Nano?

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

3. How long has Valpone been pretending to be sick when Voltoro arrives?

4. Which of the following adjectives best describes Jonson's narrative voice?

5. Why does Valpone allegedly admire lawyers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Valpone's behavior change once Voltore has left his sick room?

2. What do Sir Political Would be and Peregrine discuss when they meet outside Corvino's home?

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

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

5. What type of dedication does Jonson use in the opening of his Prologue?

6. Who is Sir Political Would-Be?

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

8. What is the setting of this play?

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

10. What happens when Bonario snubs Mosca on the streets?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in this play are characterized by their greed, although it is not always a greed of money. Create a list of three things that characters in this play are greedy for, and then choose one character that you think best exemplifies this type of greed and explain why.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Venice is the setting of the entire play, and a setting that holds a lot of symbolic value in the text. Briefly describe the setting of Venice and the lifestyle that Venice affords to the characters in the play. Explain whether or not you believe Venice to be an appropriate setting for Valpone's tale, and why.

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