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 agrees to back off if Célimène shows an interest in Acaste?

2. Who are the two marquis in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. Who is Eliante?

4. What is Alceste response to the sonnet?

5. Who visits Célimène in Act 2, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens that is interesting while Alceste is waiting for Célimène to make up her mind in Act 2, Scene 5?

2. The entire cast, with the exception of Dubois and Basque, are in the room for the last scene of the play. What has Arsinoe brought before them that makes Celimene's suitors leave her?

3. What are Celimene's feelings when she hears someone at the door?

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

5. In Alceste's anger he asks Eliante to marry him. Why does Eliante not marry Alceste while she has the chance?

6. In Alceste's legal case, why does Alceste feel being right should be enough?

7. What is the reaction of the other characters toward Alceste being summoned to court?

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

9. Besides Alceste, who could actually be the misanthrope referred to in the title of the play?

10. In Act 2, Scene 3, Basque announces another visitor, Clitandre, is waiting downstairs. How does Celimene's accepting this second visitor reveal how she feels about Alceste?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are a number of events in this play that are ironic. What is the purpose of this irony? Can the irony in any way be providing comic relief? Discuss why you think so or not.

Essay Topic 3

There is jealousy in this play. Discuss how jealousy is presented in this play. Is it in the open for all characters? Why or why not?

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