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

2. In Act 2, Scene 4, two marquis enter the room. Who are they?

3. How does Celimene react when Alceste questions her love for him?

4. How does Celimene feel when someone is at the door?

5. Why does Alceste hate humanity?

Short Essay Questions

1. By Act Five, Scene Four, why are Arsinoe's efforts to get Alceste in vain?

2. Describe Alceste's reaction when Philinte thinks he is being summoned because he made fun of Oronte's sonnet.

3. When Act 3, Scene 5 ends, what does Arsinoé turn the conversation to?

4. In Act Three, Scene Five, what is suggested about Alceste's honesty?

5. What does Oronte want from Alceste and how does he react when he gets what he wants.?

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

7. Based on the remarks of the other characters in Act Two, Scene Four, what is said about Celimene's personality?

8. In Act 2, Scene 4, Celimene and Alceste are joined by the two marquis, Clitandre and Acaste. What are their relationships with Celimene?

9. What seems to be the real reason behind Alceste's bad feelings in Act 1, Scene 1?

10. At the beginning of Act 5, Scene 1, Philinte and Acaste are once again waiting for Celimene. What are Alceste and Philinte discussing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the definition of a misanthrope? Be sure to explain why you think the author used that as the title, and whom you think it refers to in the play.

Essay Topic 2

In Alceste's eyes, what are Célimène's faults? Are these truly terrible faults or simply human nature?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the relationship between Alceste and Célimène and the one between Alceste and Philinte.

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