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 is the name of the person that beats Louison?

2. Who is Mr. Diaforus?

3. In Act 1, Scene 11, who startles Toinette by appearing at Argan's house unexpectedly?

4. What does Beralde ask Argan to do in front of the apothecary?

5. What is Mr. Fleurant's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Angelique's initial reaction to her father's death show her true feelings?

2. How can we tell that Louison is loyal to Angelique?

3. In Act 3, Scene 10, how does Toinette appearance demonstrate Argan's obsession with his illnesses?

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

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

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

7. How does the operetta that is performed show both Cleante and Angelique's feelings are true?

8. How does the conversation between Angelique and Toinette demonstrate the high regard that Toinette has achieved in the house?

9. Why did Argan mysteriously leave the room for the second time in the play?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the central themes of the play is that reality and appearances are hard to tell apart. Discuss instances of this occurring in the play and what you think Moliere is trying to say through this theme.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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