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. How does Act 1, Scene 3 close?

2. How many lines are in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What affect is Celimene's inviting Acaste inside having on Celimene's reputation?

4. How does Acaste defend himself against Clitandre's teasing?

5. Who is Basque?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the end of Act 3, Scene 1, to what compromise do Acaste and Clitandre come, and why or why not will their compromise work?

3. Describe Alceste's behavior in court, as told to Éliante by Philinte in Act 4, Scene 1.

4. Why is Alceste disgusted in Philinte?

5. Celimene is unable to make a decision about whether she prefers Alceste or Oronte. Why do you believe she cannot decide?

6. Describe the vicious things Célimène says about Arsinoé in Act 3, Scene 3.

7. What do Oronte and Alceste have in common?

8. The two marquis, Acaste and Clitandre, speak alone in Act 3, Scene 1. Explain what evidence there is in their private conversation that they are both arrogant.

9. What is Oronte's response to Alceste's critique?

10. At the end of Act 2, Scene 3, Celimene decides not to tolerate Alceste's behavior and tells him to leave. What does this reveal about Celimene's true feelings for Alceste?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 1, Scene 2, Oronte asks Alceste and Philinte for an honest opinion about a sonnet he has written. Describe how Oronte's reaction to Alceste's honesty suggests that Oronte was not really asking for an honest opinion. Does Oronte's reaction prove or disprove Alceste's view about hypocrisy in society? Does Philinte's praising the poem prove or disprove Alceste's view about hypocrisy in society? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What are three things in the play at which Alceste fails, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Alceste's reaction to flattery from Célimène, despite the fact that he wants her to be honest with other men.

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