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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 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

Essay Topic 1

The audience meets Celimene, Alceste's love interest, in Act 2, Scene 1. What does the audience learn about Alceste from:

1. Alceste's belief that he will have to leave Celimene because she does not really love him?

2. Alceste's acceptance of the fact that Celimene is shallow and nice to men when it suits her?

3. Alceste's being tortured over his love for Celimene and his high values of honesty?

Essay Topic 2

Based on the play, why do you think Celimene continues to see so many suitors? Why doesn't she want to settle down? Provide evidence from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Scene 3, Célimène tells Alceste he is not indispensable. Describe why this moment is significant in the play.

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