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 is Angelique's younger sisters name?

2. How does Mr. Fleurant express his anger towards Beralde?

3. Who would rather die than leave Angelique to herself?

4. What is the name of the person that beats Louison?

5. In Act Three, Scene Six, what warning does Mr. Purgon issue to Argan regarding his health?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Toinette, as the doctor, use flattery to aid in the deception in Act 3, Scene 14?

2. Why does Beline take offense at Angelique's comments about marriage?

3. How does Moliere use the diagnosis of Argan to express an opinion on doctors?

4. How is the plot element of suspense used as Argan calls Angelique to her music lesson?

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

6. How does the operetta that is performed show both Cleante and Angelique's feelings are true?

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

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

9. How is foreshadowing used to set up the ordeal that makes Argan a doctor?

10. How is Argan's selfishness in choosing a husband for his daughter a result of his imaginary illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Devotion plays a key role in "The Imaginary Invalid". There is Angelique's devotion to Cleante, Argan's devotion to his illnesses and Beline's devotion to Argan's fortune to name a few. Is Moliere making the statement that devotion is always or never rewarded? What other characters in the play exhibit this characteristic and is their reward for their devotion?

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