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. Who does the man in the street hug?

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

3. Why does Philante advise Alceste to get help with the lawsuit in which he is involved?

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

5. In Act 3, Scene 2, who enters the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Celimene and Arsinoe trade insults in Act 3, Scene 4. Who starts the insults, and how does the conversation end?

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

3. Celimene and Alceste have differing views about Celimene's reputation. What does each believe her reputation is?

4. Why would it do Alceste some good to flatter Oronte?

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

6. What are the feelings from the other characters regarding the sonnet?

7. Act 4, Scene 3, begins with Alceste's confronting Celimene. How does Celimene react that is confusing to Alceste?

8. Act 3, Scene 2, is an example of a transitional scene. From what is the audience being transitioned?

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

10. Alceste has just decided to stay at Celimene's to see which suitor she sends home first. Why is Alceste the first to leave, and what was the reaction of Philinte and Celimene's other suitors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of times when one character takes advantage of another. Explore these events and discuss which character is the one that takes advantage. If they do take advantage, why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe why Alceste can't bring himself to leave Célimène and move on. Does she need him as much as he needs her? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Based on Celimene's behavior and the definition of the word "misanthrope," explain why Celimene is or is not the true misanthrope in Moliere's play.

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