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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Célimène described physically?



2. When Célimène tells Alceste he's mad for staying, what does she mean?



3. How does Philinte feel about Oronte's sonnet?



4. Who is Acaste?



5. Who does the man in the street hug?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Oronte and Alceste confront Celimene?



2. Explain the reason Célimène gives to Alceste for opening the door for Acaste in Act 2, Scene 2.



3. What is Celimene's response for allowing visitors?



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



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



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



7. In Act 3, Scene 3, how does Célimène's reaction when she hears Arsinoé is at the door differ from her reaction when suitors arrive?



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



9. Why does Celimene becomes annoyed during Act Three, Scene Three?



10. Oronte asks Alceste and Philinte for an honest opinion of his sonnet. Why does Alceste warn Oronte before he begins reading the sonnet?



Essay Topics

Explain the underlying theme of unfaithfulness in the play and how each character views being faithful or unfaithful. At what point during the play do you believe Alceste knows that Celimene has been unfaithful to him? Use Alceste's actions to support your view.

Describe the character Arsinoe as she is seen by herself, and contrast that with how she is seen by Celimene. Explain how Moliere uses the character Arsinoe to show that honesty is no substitute for goodness.

What do the characters Philinte and Eliante represent in Moliere's vision of a hypocritical society? What do the characters Clitandre, Acaste, and Arsinoe represent? Cite examples from the book as evidence.

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