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. What is the relationship between Elmire and Mariane?

2. Who does Dorine ask Mariane if she loves in Act 2?

3. Who does Madame Pernelle say has "fallen from grace" in Act 1?

4. Which two characters converse with one another just after Madame Pernelle leaves in Act 1?

5. What does Orgon call Dorine when she claims that he is lying about making his daughter marry Tartuffe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interaction between Valere and Mariane that causes them to leave the room near the end of Act 2.

2. What news does Valere share when he first appears in Act 5?

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

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

5. How does Tartuffe react towards Orgon after Damis reveals that he saw him making advances towards Elmire?

6. Describe the conversation between Elmire and Tartuffe when she tries to dissuade him from accepting Mariane's hand in marriage.

7. What does Orgon ask Dorine about when he first enters the scene in Act 1?

8. How does Mariane react when her father asks her to marry Tartuffe?

9. What reasons does Madame Pernelle give Elmire for leaving the house at the beginning of Act 1?

10. How does Dorine describe her scheme to get Orgon to distrust Tartuffe at the beginning of Act 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of religion in the play. Who offers an honest portrayal of religiousness in the play? What seems to be the author's thoughts on religion?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss and analyze the internal struggles between the members of the family in the play. What factors are to blame for these struggles?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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