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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 is the second university that Jonson dedicates his play to?

2. What is the first letter of Jonson's acrostic?

3. Which of the following best describes the character Androgyno?

4. Why have Nano, Castrone, and Androgyno come to visit with Valpone?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Celia react when she figures out her husband's plan to work his way into Valpone's will?

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

3. How does Valpone act once Voltore is in the room for his visit?

4. How does Mosca react to the news that he has been named as Valpone's heir?

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

6. How does Valpone feel about his accrued wealth?

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

8. Who is Celia and what is Valpone's reaction to her?

9. What is the reaction of the legacy hunters when they hear that Mosca has been named as Valpone's heir?

10. What case does Voltore draw against Celia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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