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 does the new character ask to be his friend?

2. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is a source of contention between Alceste and others?

3. What does Alceste tell Philinte as he leaves?

4. What happens after Oronte's response to Alceste's reaction to his sonnet?

5. What does Celimene threaten to do if Alceste continues being suspicious of her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Alceste's reaction when Philinte thinks he is being summoned because he made fun of Oronte's sonnet.

2. Describe the vicious things Célimène says about Arsinoé in Act 3, Scene 3.

3. Describe the character of Célimène?

4. Act 3, Scene 2, consists only of one line. Explain what happens during the scene and what it has to do with the theme of the play.

5. Act 3, Scene 3, shows Celimene at her worst. What does Celimene do to her friend Arsinoe?

6. What is Oronte's response to Alceste's critique?

7. In Act Two, Scene Two, why is Alceste upset with Celimene?

8. Act 4, Scene 3, begins with Alceste's confronting Celimene. How does Celimene react that is confusing to Alceste?

9. What is Alceste's reaction to finding a letter written by Célimène in Act 4, Scene 2?

10. What do we learn is the result of Alceste's court case in Act 5, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moliere implies that Celimene is the prettiest woman in the story. If Celimene is so beautiful, why is Philinte attracted to Eliante? What personality traits does Philinte have that would:

1. Make Celimene unattractive to him?

2. Make Alceste his best friend?

3. Make him hold back from expressing his true feelings to Eliante until absolutely necessary?

Essay Topic 2

Write about Alceste's most prominent character trait and how it hurts him to remain so stubborn over trivial things.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the foreshadowing of Alceste waiting for Célimène to make up her mind when an official arrives to speak with him in Act 2, Scene 5.

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