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 is Oronte's sonnet written to?

2. Where are the women in Act One, Scene One?

3. How does Oronte react to Alceste's opinion of his work?

4. Why does Alceste say love is not decided by reason?

5. What does Alceste think his love of Celimne can do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Act 2, Scene 5, who do you think Éliante is referring to when she says, "When a man truly loves, he loves faults and all"?

3. Why do you think Alceste cannot flatter Oronte just a little bit?

4. What is the significance of the man at the door in Act Two, Scene Five?

5. What is suggested by Dubios' frantic entrance and exit in Act Four, Scene Four?

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

7. In Act Three, Scene One, why does Clitandre find Acaste's response to his question amusing?

8. How does Alceste respond when Celemine invites a visitor inside during their conversation?

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

10. How does Alceste feel when Célimène tries to explain away the other men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are three things in the play at which Alceste fails, and why?

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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