As a reply to this challenge: Here is a small matcher for regular expressions, in Haskell (344 bytes):

p&(c:r)|c%h=p&z r|c%p=r:p&r|c%i=[]|1>0=p&r
z l=i&l!!0
b p q s=or[x?q$s|x<-p:j&p]
(p@(f:r)?q)s|n%'?'=o?q#id|n%'*'=m#id|n%'+'=m#b x|f%h=b r(z r?q)s|f%i||f%j=q s where x|f%h=r|1>0=f:i:r;n:o=z x;m#c=c(o?q)s||b x m s;m c=c/=s&&(p?q)c

It reads a regular expression from the console (no character classes, no escape sequences or spaces), followed by several space-separated strings. Then, for each of the strings, it writes either True or False, depending on whether the string belongs to the language generated by the regular expression or not.

Who can descramble its inner workings? Who can write a shorter, but equivalent, Haskell program?

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