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 does Celimene think her reputation is?

2. Why does Alceste give Célimène an ultimatum in Act 2, Scene 5?

3. In Act 1, Scene 3, Philinte is trying to find out what?

4. Alceste tells Celimene that he needs reassurance of what?

5. After Philinte points out who Alceste does not like, what flaw in Alceste's personality does Philinte observe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean when Philinte says, "One should not blame human beings for their faults, any more than one would blame vultures or wolves for being what they are?"

2. What does Célimène do when Alceste refuses to leave in Act 2, Scene 5?

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

4. In Alceste's legal case, why does Alceste feel being right should be enough?

5. How does Arsinoé use this opportunity with Alceste in Act 3, Scene 5?

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

7. What is the overall feeling in this Act Two, Scene Five?

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

9. Why are both Clitandre and Acaste wasting their time in Act Three, Scene One and do either realize this?

10. Why does Philinte want Alceste not to be so honest about his thoughts on Oronte's love poem?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Oronte has his day in court in Act Four, Scene One. Why does he go to court, What is the significance of the case, if any? Why does Philinte this is event is funny?

Essay Topic 2

In Act 2, Scene 4, as part of the conversation in which Celimene is gossiping about members of the royal court, Alceste makes the statement to Philinte that he does not know which is worse, people who ridicule or a false friend. Who is the better friend to Alceste, Celimene or Philinte? Use the situation in this scene to support your view.

Essay Topic 3

Alceste and Arsinoe are both described as prudish in this play. Do you agree with this description? Why or why not? Do you think this similarity make these two characters more compatible? Why or Why not?

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