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 do after hearing the gypsy song?

2. Who initially thinks Angelique's arranged marriage is the wisest thing Argan's ever done?

3. This person arrives before Toinette can leave to find them.

4. Which character wears a nightcap?

5. What is the relationship between Mr. Purgon and Mr. Fleurant?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Toinette manage to convince Argan that she is two people?

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

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

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

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

6. How does the doctor deflect Argan's inquiries about his resemblance to Toinette?

7. How is foreshadowing used in Toinette's announcement of a new doctor's arrival?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Obsession is a prevalent theme in the play. Using the play as an example, how do you behave if you are obsessed with love? With medicine? With food?

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

Who is it that is the master of the house? Who holds the deciding power? Which characters gain or lose influence over the household in the course of the play?

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