The Misanthrope 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 is Philinte's view on honesty?

2. Act 2, Scene 6, takes place where?

3. What is Alceste unable to do for others or for himself?

4. How does Oronte feel about Alceste's response on wisdom?

5. While Celimene and her suitors are talking, who enters wearing a uniform?

Short Essay Questions

1. Act 4, Scene 3, begins with Alceste's confronting Celimene. How does Celimene react that is confusing to Alceste?

2. What are Celimene's feelings when she hears someone at the door?

3. In Act 2, Scene 6, a uniformed man comes to see Alceste. Who is this uniformed man, and what does he want?

4. In Act 2, Scene 2, Alceste is in the middle of his argument with Celimene when Basque announces a visitor. Why does Celimene invite the visitor inside? Explain.

5. Describe what Alceste means when he says he doesn't know which is worse, false friendship or ridicule in Act 2, Scene 4.

6. When Alceste gets upset enough to leave, what indicates that Philinte truly is his friend?

7. How does Célimène react to Alceste's insistence to choose in Act 2, Scene 4?

8. Besides Alceste, who could actually be the misanthrope referred to in the title of the play?

9. At the beginning of Act 5, Scene 1, Philinte and Acaste are once again waiting for Celimene. What are Alceste and Philinte discussing?

10. How does Alceste respond when Celemine invites a visitor inside during their conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 2, Scene 3, Célimène tells Alceste he is not indispensable. Describe why this moment is significant in the play.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of events in this play that are ironic. What is the purpose of this irony? Can the irony in any way be providing comic relief? Discuss why you think so or not.

Essay Topic 3

Write about Alceste's most prominent character trait and how it hurts him to remain so stubborn over trivial things.

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