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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the subject of Oronte's sonnet?
(a) Why it is important to be honest.
(b) Oronte's love for Celimene.
(c) Oronte's friendship with Alceste.
(d) How to be a professional poet.

2. Why does Celimene accept the new visitor?
(a) She like the tension.
(b) She is in love with the new visitor.
(c) She likes the attention.
(d) She does not want to offend.

3. What is suggested by the appearance of Alceste's visitor?
(a) He just got off work.
(b) He is an official.
(c) He is a chauffer.
(d) He works for Celimene.

4. Who is representing that kind of hypocrisy in the beginning of the play, according to the person who complains of hating hypocrisy?
(a) Acaste.
(b) Alceste.
(c) Célimène.
(d) Philinte.

5. When Basque enters the room again, who does he announce has also come to see Celimene?
(a) Philinte.
(b) Oronte.
(c) Clitandre.
(d) Eliante.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is Célimène accused of in terms of love?

3. What does Philinte think about the summons in Act 2, Scene 6?

4. Upset by all the visitors who have interrupted his conversation with Celimene, Alceste tries to pressure Celimene into doing what?

5. In Act 2, Scene 3, who announces the arrival of another guest downstairs for Célimène?

Short Essay Questions

1. Alceste has just decided to stay at Celimene's to see which suitor she sends home first. Why is Alceste the first to leave, and what was the reaction of Philinte and Celimene's other suitors?

2. What is the real reason Alceste seems disgusted by Philinte's run with someone he doesn't know but pretends to?

3. Alceste claims to value honesty as a most important virtue, but how is he not quite being honest in Act 2, Scene 3?

4. Why is it ironic that Alceste is upset with Celimene talking about the members of the royal court?

5. Alceste comes rushing into the room in Act 4, Scene 2. Why is Alceste so upset when he enters?

6. When Celimene gossips about members of the royal court to Clitandre and Acaste, why does this upset Alceste?

7. In the end, Celimene and Alceste go their separate ways. Do you think at some future time Celimene and Alceste will reconcile?

8. What could be the reason Celimene has trouble being honest with people?

9. Why is being nice to Clitandre necessary and difficult for Alceste?

10. Act 2, Scene 1, opens with Alceste and Celimene arguing. What is the relationship between Alceste and Celimene?

(see the answer keys)

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