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 is described as "a holy man whom all should hear"?

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

3. What question does Dorine ask Mariane just after Orgon leaves the room in Act 2?

4. Which character is the first to speak in Act 2?

5. In Act 1, what ailment does Dorine tell Orgon his wife suffered while he was gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Madame Pernelle says and does to her servant just before leaving in Act 1.

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

3. What plan does Dorine come up with at the end of Act 2 in hopes of preventing Mariane from marrying Tartuffe?

4. How does Damis react after he learns of Tartuffe's betrayal of Orgon?

5. What excuse does Tartuffe give to Cleante when he asks him to help Orgon and Damis make up?

6. How does Orgon react when Damis reveals that Tartuffe made advances towards Elmire?

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

8. How does Tartuffe talk Orgon into letting him hold some documents for him?

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

10. Describe the interaction between Mariane and Valere after Dorine brings them back into the room at the end of Act 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the nature of trust in the play. Which characters are presented as trustworthy, and which are not? What purpose does the author have in presenting trust in this way?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of hypocrisy that is presented in the play. What might the author be saying in terms of hypocrisy and religion?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of social class in the play. What is the author using the play to say in regards to social class? Which characters help the author accomplish these goals and how do they do so?

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