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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 characters decides to don a disguise in the attempts of seeing Celia?

2. Which is the second university that Jonson dedicates his play to?

3. Who does Valpone enlist to be his number one man in making Celia his?

4. What is an acrostic?

5. Which of the following adjectives best describes the character Corbaccio?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Valpone wounded after his visit with Celia?

2. How does Valpone elicit Celia to throw down her handkerchief?

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

4. How does Corbaccio enter the scene when he comes to visit with Valpone?

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

6. What do Mosca and Corvino discuss when they think Valpone cannot hear them?

7. In his soliloquy to the audience, what realizations about himself does Mosca make?

8. What case does Voltore draw against Celia?

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

10. How does Corvino punish Celia for her conversations with the Medicine Man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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