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. Why is Argan angry with his brother?

2. When Argan says "Oh, Thank God for you", who is he speaking of?

3. What does Beline say she must do before leaving for town?

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

5. In Act 1, Scene 10, who does Beline accuse of listening at the door?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Argan's fear that "playing dead" causes his real death ironic?

3. How does Argan's illness affect his realization of Angelique's feelings towards him?

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

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

6. How does Toinette, as the doctor, use her deception to aid Angelique?

7. What is the reason that Mr. Purgon cut all ties with Argan once his prescription was refused?

8. How did Beralde use Argan's own illness to demonstrate that Argan was not ill?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Beralde so dismissive of the medical profession? Is his attitude influenced by his brothers obsession? Is Beralde or Argan more indicative of Moliere's opinion on the medical profession?

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

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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