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 does Beralde call Argan a fool?

2. Why is Cleante invited to meet Angelique's fiance?

3. In Act 2, Scene 1, whom does Toinette tell to get out of the house?

4. After Louison exits who visits Argan?

5. What is Mr. Fleurant's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleante's appearance in disguise demonstrate his love for Angelique?

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

3. How does Toinette affect Angelique's discovery of her fathers death?

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

5. What are some of the possible motives for Beralde sending Mr. Fleurant away?

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

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

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

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

10. Explain how the plot element of secrecy is introduced in Act 1, Scene 3.

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

Moliere is himself extremely ill at the time of the play's premiere, in which he plays Argan himself. After collapsing on stage toward the end of the fourth performance, he goes home and dies. Discuss the irony of Moliere writing a play about an imaginary invalid when he himself is actually ill. What do you think Moliere is trying to say?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether or not it is ethical for a doctor to treat a patient that is not actually ill. If the outcome of the treatment is positive, does the doctor still have an obligation to be truthful? What are the moral implications of Dr. Purgon and Thomas Diaforus and his father treating Argan?

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