Tartuffe 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 tells Orgon to keep his "anger within measure" in Act 2?

2. What does Orgon tell Cleante when he asks what he should report to Valere regarding Mariane's marriage?

3. Who asks, "Are you mocking us with your silly plot"?

4. Who is Cleante's sister in the play?

5. Who does Cleante question Orgon about near the end of Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleante describe true pious and religious people in Act 1?

2. Describe the interaction between Tartuffe and the officer at the end of Act 5.

3. What does Cleante scold Orgon about at the beginning of Act 5?

4. Describe what happens when Damis reveals himself hiding in the room after Tartuffe makes advances towards Elmire.

5. What does Elmire do just after Tartuffe begins making advances towards her in Act 4?

6. Why does Elmire ask Tartuffe to go into the hallway during their encounter in Act 4?

7. How does Dorine describe Tartuffe to Orgon in Act 1?

8. Describe the interactions between Dorine and Tartuffe at the beginning of Act 3.

9. What is the nature of Orgon's friend Argas' documents?

10. Why does Damis ask Cleante to discuss the upcoming marriage of Mariane with Orgon in Act 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism in the king's intervention and subsequent absolution for Orgon at the end of the play. What message might the author be trying to get across with the use of this character?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Cleante's role as the voice of reason in the play. In what ways has he shown reasonable and thoughtful actions in the play? What might the author be using Cleante to represent?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of loyalty in the play. Who is genuinely loyal? Who, and in what manner, do some characters feign loyalty? What significance is present by including both loyal and disloyal characters?

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