The Immoralist 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 does Michel sunbathe nude and explore the craggy area?

2. What surprises Michel about the work he and his father do together?

3. As Michel's health improves he still experiences...

4. By accepting the job he was offered in Part 1, Chapter 9, Michel is showing his desire once again toward...

5. In Part 1, Chapter 8, who completes driving the carriage into town?

Short Essay Questions

1. When do Marceline and Michel move to the family estate and who greets them when they arrive?

2. Is Michel attracted to Alcide? What kinds of things do Michel and Alcide do together?

3. How do Michel and Charles spend their days?

4. Discuss Michel's pursuit of physical vitality.

5. Michel comes to a realization on the ship during his honeymoon travels. What does Michel realize and how does the realization physically affect Michel?

6. Why does Michel decide he and his wife should moved to the family's country estate after accepting a temporary teaching job? Where is the estate?

7. When is the novel written and what time period serves as the novel's setting?

8. What do Michel and Menalque do during their last visit?

9. Why does Michel suddenly take an interest in the operation of the family estate?

10. Michel doesn't really know Marceline when they marry. Why does he grow to love and respect his new wife on their honeymoon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Name and define the five types of conflict. Which conflict prevails in The Immoralist? Select a different type of conflict and explain how the story would have differed under that particular type of conflict.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of health throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Michel's conflict is due to his repressed homosexual desires that were very controversial in the late 1800s when the story was set and the early 1900s when the book was actually published. How would The Immoralist be perceived in today's day and time with our culture's standards?

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