The Misanthrope Short Answer Test - Answer Key

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1. In the opening of the play, what reason does Alceste give for his hatred of humanity?

Social hypocrisy.

2. In Act 1, Philinte meets a man on the street who hugs him and acts like his best friend. What is embarrassing about this situation?

Philinte cannot remember the man's name.

3. When hugged by a man on the street, why does Philinte say he responded so politely?

So he would not offend the man.

4. On their way to Celimen's home, Philinte tells Alceste that one should not blame human beings for their ______?


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