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 does Orgon say Dorine's "twaddle" has caused him to become?

2. What does Cleante describe Orgon's descriptions of Tartuffe as near the end of Act 1?

3. What does Dorine say a woman in love needs to have a heart made of?

4. Finish the sentence: "But I've just heard word of this marriage, and I trust it is only ____."

5. Who describes Tartuffe as "a base usurper with a power tyrannic"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the interaction between Valere and Mariane regarding Orgon's wish for her to marry Tartuffe.

4. Describe how Madame Pernelle takes defense of Tartuffe at the beginning of Act 1.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Dorine say to Mariane after Orgon leaves the room in Act 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine the nature of Tartuffe and Orgon's relationship. How is this relationship formed? What about the nature of the relationship's formation suggests the relationship isn't genuine?

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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