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. Where do the character go during Act Two, Scene Four?

2. Who does the man in the street hug?

3. Why does Oronte chastise Célimène in this Act 1, Scene 2?

4. After Acaste's defense, Clitandre himself gets defensive and uses which word to describe Acaste?

5. What does Alceste tell Philinte as he leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does it mean when Philinte says, "One should not blame human beings for their faults, any more than one would blame vultures or wolves for being what they are?"

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

4. How do Oronte's and Alceste's views on Célimène waiver in Act 5,

5. Give an example of Célimène's hypocrisy in Act 3, Scene 4.

6. Why are both Clitandre and Acaste wasting their time in Act Three, Scene One and do either realize this?

7. After Oronte leaves, what argument starts between Philinte and Alceste? Who do you believe is correct?

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

9. Celimene is finally asked to make a decision about a suitor in Act 5, Scene 2. Who confronts her, and why?

10. What is the real reason Alceste seems disgusted by Philinte's run with someone he doesn't know but pretends to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Act 1, Scene 1, opens, Alceste and Philinte are discussing their beliefs in honesty versus politeness. Describe these differences, as the characters see them, between being honest and being polite. Do you agree with either Alceste or Philinte? Explain. Is there a time when being honest is better than being polite? Is there a time when being polite is better than being honest?

Essay Topic 2

Select two of the following characters as examples of why the play is entitled "The Misanthrope:" Alceste, Clitandre, Acaste, Arsinoe, Celimene.

Essay Topic 3

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

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