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. What does Argan tell Angelique she cannot do until the wedding ceremony?

2. The operetta performed is the story of what two people?

3. What profession does Argan believe is a good idea for Louison's husband?

4. What is Angelique's younger sisters name?

5. Who masquerades as a music teacher?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Toinette, as the doctor, use flattery to aid in the deception in Act 3, Scene 14?

2. In Act 3, Scene 2, what recurring plot point is introduced in the conversation between Beralde and Toinette?

3. How do Beralde and the players manage to convince Argan that the ceremony to make him a doctor is valid?

4. How does Beline's treatment of Argan deepen his belief that he is ill?

5. How does Toinette use Argan's illness to keep him away from Angelique's wedding?

6. How is the author's use of irony exhibited in Toinette's comments about Argan's health?

7. How does Beralde further demonstrate his disbelief in Argan's illnesses, once Mr. Purgon leaves?

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

9. How is foreshadowing used in the announcement of the arrival of Thomas Diaforus?

10. How does Cleante's presence aid in Angelique's portrayal of remorse at her father's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how Argan is altered by the end of the play. What does he learn about himself and the other characters in the play?

Essay Topic 2

The importance of education is a focal point for Argan and others in the play. Discuss the importance of education in today's society. How does in compare to the era of the play?

Essay Topic 3

A central theme of this play is the internal struggle of mind versus body. There is credible doubt as to whether Argan is truly sick or if he is imagining his illness. Write an essay discussing another internal conflict presented in the play.

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