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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. What topic does Corbaccio vocally argue with Valpone about?

2. Who shows Voltore into Valpone's room?

3. Which part of Corbaccio is failing?

4. Who does Nano trace Valpone's soul back to?

5. Which of the following characters decides to don a disguise in the attempts of seeing Celia?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the courts find out that Valpone is a liar?

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

5. How does Valpone react to the final verdict in the court room?

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

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

8. What is the setting of this play?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Valpone's deception of the legacy hunters is a very broad and winding plan that takes more shape than what he first planned. Explain what Valpone's initial plan of deceit was and how the plan took shape as they play progressed.

Essay Topic 2

When Valpone's plan is eventually revealed to the court, all of the characters involved receive individual and unique punishments. Create a list of the five characters that were involved in Valpone's plan and explain what the punishment for each of the characters was. Then, explain whether or not you believe that the punishments doled out fit the crimes, and why.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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