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. Finish the sentence: "And now life is sweet as a ______".

2. What does Dorine tell Mariane and Valere at the very end of Act 2?

3. In which manner does Orgon say he needs to speak with his daughter in Act 2?

4. What is the relationship between Elmire and Mariane?

5. What does Damis ask Cleante to discuss with Orgon just before he comes into the scene in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Valere's reaction just after learning of Orgon's plans for Mariane to marry Tartuffe?

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

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

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

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

6. What happens when Mr. Loyal knocks on the door of Orgon's home?

7. What solution does Elmire suggest to Orgon to prove Tartuffe is disloyal in Act 4?

8. What is the nature of Orgon and Mariane's discussion at the beginning of Act 2 just before Tartuffe is brought up?

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

10. How does Tartuffe react after Orgon confronts him about his bad behavior towards Elmire at the end of Act 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of virtue in the play. How and by whom is virtue discussed? What seems to be the author's opinion of virtue?

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