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 is Célimène described in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. While listening to Oronte's sonnet, what might Alceste have learned that he does not want to share with Philinte?

3. When Alceste announces his intentions to leave, what does he really want from Celimene?

4. How do Célimène's feelings change about Alceste's reaction to the visitor?

5. 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."

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act Two, Scene Six, why does Philinte think the officer is there for Alceste?

2. What is Célimène's reaction to Alceste trying to break up with her in Act 4, Scene 3?

3. At the end of Act 3, Scene 5, Arsinoe tells Alceste she has evidence that Celimene is not the wife for him. What do you believe is Alceste's motivation for leaving with Arsinoe to show him that evidence?

4. Why do Acaste and Clitandre talk privately in Act 3, Scene 1?

5. The entire cast, with the exception of Dubois and Basque, are in the room for the last scene of the play. What has Arsinoe brought before them that makes Celimene's suitors leave her?

6. During the conversation in Act 2, Scene 4, Alceste is accused of what?

7. Give an example of Célimène's hypocrisy in Act 3, Scene 4.

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

9. Alceste claims to value honesty as a most important virtue, but how is he not quite being honest in Act 2, Scene 3?

10. Besides the court case, describe what else we learn about Alceste's life in Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the feeling of the play at the beginning of Act Two, Scene One? Discuss this mood and the reasons for it. Are certain characters experiencing certain feelings. What are they and what are the reasons for these feelings?

Essay Topic 2

Why does the author describe Celimene the way he does? What does Celimene represent? Do you think the author creates this character based on a real person or an ideal of some kind? Why?

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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