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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 Peregrine react to his conversation with Sir Political Would-Be?

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

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

4. In what country have Sir Political Would-Be and Peregrine met?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What plan does Sir Politic entrust with Peregrine after discussing how to become a gentleman in Venice?

2. Who is Sir Political Would-Be?

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

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

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

6. How does Valpone react to Mosca's torment of Voltore?

7. How does Sir Politic react to the gossip that Peregrine is spreading about him?

8. What case does Voltore draw against Bonario?

9. 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?

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

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

Valpone spends most of the time in the play pretending to be ill. Give examples of three ways that Valpone pretends to be ill and what the reaction to his devices are. Why is it important to Valpone's plan that the legacy hunters believe that he is really ill?

Essay Topic 3

There are many items in the play that are worshiped by the characters and revered almost as if they are religious artifacts. Choose two items in the play that are not religious and explain how these items are revered by characters in the play. How does Jonson create a sense of religion around items that are not religious?

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