Summary & Analysis
Dedication, Argument, and Prologue
Act I, scene i
Act I, scene ii
Act I, scene iii and scene iv
Act I, scene v
Act II, scene i
Act II, scene ii and scene iii
Act II, scene iv–scene vii
Act III, scene i and scene ii
Act III, scene iii–scene vi
Act III, scene vi and scene vii
Act III, scene viii and ix
Act IV, scene i–scene iii
Act IV, scene iv–vi
Act V, scene i–scene iii
Act V, scene iv
Act V, scene v-scene ix
Act V, scene x–scene xii
Important Quotations Explained
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1. By which of the following names does Volpone refer to his treasure (his money) in Act I, scene I?
2. What do envious people, according to Volpone, call Mosca?
3. The legacy hunters bring the following gifts:
A diamond, gold plate, a pearl
A necklace, some fruit, a gold plate
A gold plate, a vial of medicine, a pearl
A diamond, a vial of medicine, a pearl
4. "Voltore", translated into English, means:
5. To whom does Celia toss a handkerchief?
Scoto Mantua, disguised as Volpone
Volpone, disguised as Mosca
Volpone, disguised as Scoto Mantua
Mosca, disguised as Scoto Mantua
6. Corbaccio's son is named:
7. What does Corvino want his wife to do with Volpone?
Sleep with him
Talk with him
Walk with him
Dine with him
8. What civic function does the Scrutineo serve in the Venetian state?
It is the Senate's meeting chamber
It is the city's university
It is the municipal art gallery
It is the soccer stadium
9. Who is Mosca's "surprise witness" at the first Scrutineo hearing?
Sir Politic Would-be
Lady Politic Would-be
Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
10. What is Corvino's punishment at the play's conclusion?
He will be rowed around the Grand Canal with cuckold's horns on his head, then have his eyes beaten out with stinking fish, bruised fruit, and rotten eggs
He will be rowed around the Grand Canal with donkey's ears on his head, then have his eyes beaten out with stinking fish, bruised fruit, and rotten eggs
He will be rowed around the Grand Canal with donkey's ears on his head, then pelted with rotten eggs in front of the Scrutineo
He will be exiled from Venice
primarily aims to satirize which of the following vices?
12. In the Prologue, Jonson declares his hope that the play will:
Make his audience both laugh and cry
Entertain and educate his audience
Make his audience forget their troubles
Insult his audience's prejudice and stupidity
13. In his soliloquy in Act III, scene i, Mosca says that:
He hates being a parasite
That he is not a parasite
That he doesn't understand the word "parasite"
That the entire world is made up of parasites and sub-parasites
14. In the end, the play seems to side primarily with which character's belief system?
15. English audiences saw Venice as a symbol of which of the following?
Honesty and prosperity
Decadence and moral corruption
16. In his speech in Act I, scene i, Volpone uses language that draws heavily on the vocabulary of which of the following human endeavors?
17. After Voltore's speech, one of the judges pronounces that "'tis pity two such prodigies should live." To which two people does he intend to refer, and his statement is an example of what literary device?
Bonario and Celia; dramatic irony
Bonario and Celia; situational irony
Mosca and Volpone; dramatic irony
Bonario and Celia; hyperbole
18. In Act V, scene iv, Sir Politic hides in a casket made out of what?
19. Which of the following Italian authors has Lady Politic Would-be NOT read?
20. What action does Sir Politic seem to decide on after his humiliation at the hands of Peregrine?
To return home to England
To flee Venice in a gondola by night
To revenge himself upon Peregrine
To return home to Scotland
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