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. In Act 3, Scene 2, what does Beralde make Argan promise?

2. What relationship does Mr. Purgon accuse Beralde of interfering in?

3. Whom does Argan ask to draw up a marriage contract?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Besides fear of his own death, what does Argan fear his pretending may cause to occur?

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

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

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

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

10. How does the transitional scene, after Mr. Fleurant leaves, further inform Argan's hypochondria?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe an instance in the play when a secret is kept. Is the truth hidden for a noble purpose? Is the objective a selfish one? How does keeping the secret make that character feel? Is lying ever a justifiable action?

Essay Topic 2

Argan's illnesses are a central theme to the play. Write an essay explaining why Argan is constantly deceiving himself into thinking he is ill. What are his motivations for this deception and how does it affect the rest of his family?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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