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. After Oronte leaves in Act 1, scene 3, what does Philinte ask Alceste?

2. Which word best describes Celimene's real reputation?

3. What does Alceste wish he can do about Celimene?

4. During the argument with Philinte, what is revealed about Alceste?

5. Why does Celimene question the genuineness of Alceste's high principles in front of her visitors?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Act Four, Scene One, Alceste's honesty comes out. What are his remarks about Oronte's sonnet?

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

4. What do Oronte and Alceste promise in the confrontation in Act 5, Scene 2?

5. How does Philinte reassure Alceste in Act Five, Scene One concerning his summons?

6. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5, Basque enters with news of another visitor. What is the difference between this visitor and the other visitors that Celimene receives in the previous scene?

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

8. How does Celimene take revenge on Arsinoe in Act Three, Scene Four?

9. Based on the events in Act One, Scene One, what can the reader infer about Alceste's personality?

10. By Act Five, Scene Four, why are Arsinoe's efforts to get Alceste in vain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Celimene likes to control social situations. Cite at least three situations in the play, including specific details about each situation, that illustrate how Celimene likes to be in control.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the relationship between Alceste and Célimène and the one between Alceste and Philinte.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the foreshadowing of Alceste waiting for Célimène to make up her mind when an official arrives to speak with him in Act 2, Scene 5.

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