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 Mariane's response to Valere when he asks her what she thinks of her father's decision for her to marry Tartuffe?

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. Who calls Tartuffe a "false Capuchin" in the play?

5. What term does Mariane refer to Tartuffe as just after her father asks if she will marry him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Dorine react toward Mariane regarding Orgon's request that she marry Tartuffe?

4. How does Orgon react after Cleante tells him to stop acting angry in Act 5?

5. What does Mariane tell Dorine regarding her father's request that she marry Tartuffe in Act 2?

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

7. What does Cleante say regarding Orgon's temper in Act 5?

8. In what way does Tartuffe "put the moves" on Elmire near the beginning of Act 3?

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

10. What is the nature of Orgon and Cleante's discussion regarding Mariane's wedding at the end of Act 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of the character Madame Pernelle in the play. What is her purpose? What might she be representative of in terms of society?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's use of struggle in the character's actions and words in the play. What reasons does he have for presenting the character's actions and words in such contrast with one another?

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