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 says, ""I think, perchance, you've lost your mind through extravagance" in Act 2?

2. What does Cleante say he fears at the end of Act 1?

3. What is the relationship between Damis and Mariane?

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

5. What statement does Orgon continually repeat when discussing Tartuffe with Dorine in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Dorine claim the family's neighbor is slandering them?

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

4. What is the nature of Tartuffe's dialogue when he first appears in Act 3?

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

6. What does Orgon tell his family regarding the secret he has shared with Tartuffe?

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

8. Describe the nature of the discussion between Dorine and Mariane after Mariane asks her for help getting out of the marriage to Tartuffe in Act 2.

9. What does Cleante come to talk to Tartuffe about at the beginning of Act 4?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of temper in the play. Who is able to control their temper and who is not? What might the author be saying in terms of the repercussions of losing ones temper?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the irony in the family trying to con Tartuffe after he had already successfully conned them. What might the author be saying in terms of dishonesty by having the family's plan backfire?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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