Volpone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Corvino plan to block Celia's window?

2. Where is Valpone when he is first introduced to the audience?

3. Why does Mosca hurry Voltore out the door after his visit with Valpone?

4. Who does Mosca claim offered their virginal daughter to Valpone?

5. How long does Valpone tell Lady Would-Be to wait before returning to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Corbaccio's arrival at Valpone's home after Bonario has left open the door for a new plan to hatch in their scheme to disinherit Corbaccio's son?

2. How does Nano attempt to entertain Valpone when he comes to visit?

3. How does Mosca get Lady Political Would-Be to leave Valpone's home so they can discuss finances?

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

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

6. What is the setting of this play?

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

8. How does Lady Would-Be treat Peregrine when she intercepts his conversation with Sir Politic?

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

10. Who is Voltoro?

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

Historians have long struggled to classify "Valpone" as either a tragedy or a comedy. Briefly explain the characteristics of each genre and argue which category you believe "Valpone" belongs to, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Poetry is an important theme throughout the novel as it shows the level of education that many of the characters have, and there are many examples of times that poetry is used in the speech of the characters. Give two examples of poems that are used throughout the text of the play and explain how that poem is used to characterize the speaker to the audience.

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