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. Who does Beline remind Argan is rewarded in his new will?

3. What is Mr. Bonnefoy's profession?

4. Act 2, Scene 3, what does Toinette say to Argan about his health?

5. Who states that Angelique's music master is called out of Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does irony come into play with Beralde and Toinette's suggestion that Argan become a doctor himself?

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

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

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

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

6. In Act 3, Scene 18, in addition to the discovery of Beline's motives, what other information is revealed about her marriage to Argan?

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

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

9. Beline appears to have no interest in Argan's will. What clues are given demonstrating this might not be true?

10. How does Argan's selfishness come to light, even in his new found realizations about Angelique's feelings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Several characters in the play overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. Choose one character and write an essay describing the obstacle they face and how they succeed despite it.

Essay Topic 3

Does desire and obsession cloud the ability to see the truth? What examples in the play demonstrate a desire that clouds someone's judgment or encourages them to act a certain way?

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