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. When the play opens, where are two men awaiting the return of a young woman?

2. How does Alceste respond to Oronte's request for friendship?

3. Who goes to see Célimène in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. Célimène seems to care deeply about saving what in Act 2, Scene2?

5. In Act Two, Scene Three, who is also downstairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Alceste thinks Célimène is a hypocrite in Act 2, Scene 2? Why or why not?

2. What is the meaning of Célimène re-entering the room in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What is the problem with Alceste being so understanding if Celimene chooses not to speak?

4. What happens in Act One, Scene Three that indicates that Alceste may not be as honest as he originally seems?

5. 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?

6. How does Celimene represent the things that Alceste hates?

7. 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?

8. What possible symbolism could the fact that Alceste's visitor is wearing a uniform have?

9. Why does Célimène get excited when she hears someone at the door in Act 3, Scene 2?

10. In Act Three, Scene Five, how does Arsinoe act around Alceste?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is when an author uses an object or situation to say something he does not explicitly put into words. What symbolism is there in the non-disclosure to the audience of the details about both Alceste's and Celimene's lawsuits? Use points from the story to support your view.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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