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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 does Elinate say about love in Act Two, Scene Four?
(a) True love does not exist.
(b) Love conquers all.
(c) One can have many true loves.
(d) True love includes love of one's faults.

2. Who scolds the person for not remembering the man's name after they hugged?
(a) Alceste.
(b) Célimène.
(c) Basque.
(d) Éliante.

3. During their discussion in Act 3, scene 1, Clitandre teases Acaste about what?
(a) His chances with Celimene.
(b) His big nose.
(c) His social position.
(d) His chances with Eliante.

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

5. What is the definition of a misanthrope?
(a) A liar.
(b) A hater of human kind.
(c) A lover of human kind.
(d) A joker.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on Celimene's behavior regarding visitors in Act 2, Scene 3, what seems to be most important to Celimene?

2. What is another theme in this play, in addition to honesty?

3. What surprises Alceste during his conversation with Basque in Act 2, Scene 5?

4. Who says, "One shouldn't blame human beings for their faults, any more than one would blame vultures or wolves for being what they are."

5. Who is the new visitor in Act Two, Scene Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Alceste grieve?

2. How does Alceste feel when Célimène tries to explain away the other men?

3. Do you think Alceste thinks Célimène is a hypocrite in Act 2, Scene 2? Why or why not?

4. What is Philinte's struggle in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. In Act 3, Scene 3, how does Célimène's reaction when she hears Arsinoé is at the door differ from her reaction when suitors arrive?

6. Why does Alceste not break off his relationship with Celimene?

7. Why does Act Five, Scene One seem like a repeat for Act One, Scene One?

8. Philinte argues with his friend Alceste that humans should not be blamed for their faults. What example does Philinte give to explain his reasoning?

9. How does Oronte react to Alceste's criticism of his sonnet? How does that reaction support Alceste's view of hypocrisy?

10. Why does Eliante find Alceste's honesty heroic?

(see the answer keys)

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