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. Oronte's leaving suggests what about his asking for honest opinions on his sonnet?

2. Why does Alceste say he is staying?

3. In Act Two, Scene Five, who is at the door for Alceste?

4. When the play opens, where are two men awaiting the return of a young woman?

5. When Célimène is with one suitor, how does she speak about the others?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character of Célimène?

2. Philinte argues with his friend Alceste that humans should not be blamed for their faults. What example does Philinte give to explain his reasoning?

3. What do Oronte and Alceste promise in the confrontation in Act 5, Scene 2?

4. What is Alceste's plan for the future now that the court case is settled?

5. Why is Alceste so upset with Philinte in Act One, Scene Three, and what does he do in his anger?

6. Though Celimene admits she loves Alceste, why does he not fully believe her?

7. What does Oronte's sonnet say about Celimene?

8. After hearing the news from Dubois about the note left by a friend, why does Alceste think there must be some mistake?

9. What happens after Célimène's letter is read aloud in Act 5, Scene 4?

10. Celimene is unable to make a decision about whether she prefers Alceste or Oronte. Why do you believe she cannot decide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Provide a short discussion about Alceste's court case. What is it concerning? Who is involved? How does he feel about it? Why does he refuse legal councils?

Essay Topic 2

What do the characters Philinte and Eliante represent in Moliere's vision of a hypocritical society? What do the characters Clitandre, Acaste, and Arsinoe represent? Cite examples from the book as evidence.

Essay Topic 3

Why does the author describe Celimene the way he does? What does Celimene represent? Do you think the author creates this character based on a real person or an ideal of some kind? Why?

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