The Misanthrope Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why has Arsinoé come into Act 3, Scene 4?

2. Who is Arsinoe?

3. Who is the only one still interested in Celimene, even after this second letter?

4. Who does Célimène say Arsinoé is especially jealous of her for in Act 3, Scene 3?

5. What happens when humans are habitually dishonest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character Arsinoe as she is seen by herself, and contrast that with how she is seen by Celimene. Explain how Moliere uses the character Arsinoe to show that honesty is no substitute for goodness.

Essay Topic 2

In the character of Arsinoé, the playwright illustrates the problem of Alceste's personality. Prudery is not goodness. Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Flattery is a secondary theme throughout the play. Who encourages or looks for flattery? Who does not like flattery? Discuss the different characters and their feelings toward receiving and giving flattery.

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