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 the man in uniform that arrives in Act 2, Scene 6?

2. When Alceste leaves Celimene's house, who goes with him?

3. How does Oronte show his friendship to the man on the street in Act One, Scene Two?

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

5. Whom does Célimène call arrogant in Act 2, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act Four, Scene One, Alceste's honesty comes out. What are his remarks about Oronte's sonnet?

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

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

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

5. What do Oronte and Alceste have in common?

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

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

8. How does Philinte demonstrate compassion when Oronte is reading his sonnet?

9. Why does Arsinoe go to Celimeme's home?

10. Why does Philinte think Alceste is being summoned to the royal court in Act 2, Scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character of Célimène. Why does she represent social hypocrisy at its worst? Be sure to give specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Why do you think all of the men continue to put up with Celimene's indecisiveness for so long? Why do they continue to compete with each other for her love? What does the lack of interest in the other women say about the men in the play? What does it say about Celimene?

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