The Imaginary Invalid Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Act 3, Scene 2, what does Beralde make Argan promise?

2. In Act 2, Scene 1, why does Cleante come to Argan's home?

3. Who tells Argan he is "the picture of health"?

4. When does Argan say Angelique will be married?

5. Why does Beralde call Argan a fool?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 3, Scene 12, how is suspense used as a plot device when Toinette returns as herself, after appearing as the doctor?

2. How does Beralde justify the doctor's likeness to Toinette?

3. What two opinions do Beralde and Toinette have in common?

4. Why does Beline report on Angelique before she goes into town?

5. In Act 3, Scene 18, in addition to the discovery of Beline's motives, what other information is revealed about her marriage to Argan?

6. What physical tactics were used to help Toinette's disguise work?

7. Highlight some of the differences between the relationship of father and daughter in "The Imaginary Invalid" and current father daughter relationships.

8. How does Toinette dismiss Argan's fears that Louison hates him?

9. How does the title of the play influence the audience's initial perception of Argan?

10. How does Argan's action of talking to himself further demonstrate his obsession with his illnesses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Devotion plays a key role in "The Imaginary Invalid". There is Angelique's devotion to Cleante, Argan's devotion to his illnesses and Beline's devotion to Argan's fortune to name a few. Is Moliere making the statement that devotion is always or never rewarded? What other characters in the play exhibit this characteristic and is their reward for their devotion?

Essay Topic 2

In earlier versions of the play, Beralde and Toinette are romantically involved. How does this change the outcome of the play? What do you think the reasons are for Moliere changing this in the final version?

Essay Topic 3

Secrecy is a recurring device used throughout the play. Write an essay detailing how one of the characters in the play hides their true intentions or motives. Why do they keep their motives secret? Is their secrecy successful in achieving their goal?

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