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. Why does Argan's brother say he has come to see him?

3. Who does Beline bring to Argan's house?

4. This person has something important to tell Angelique toward the beginning of the play.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Argan's desire to have his children cut out of his will further demonstrate his obsession with his illnesses?

2. Why does Beline report on Angelique before she goes into town?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Beralde justify the doctor's likeness to Toinette?

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

Do you believe Argan really thinks he is sick? Why does he create these illnesses for himself?

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

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?

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