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: "Yes, I may think so, but my broken heart foresees you, too, suffering from Love's ____."

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

3. Who does Madame Pernelle say has "fallen from grace" in Act 1?

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

5. What is the name of the neighbor Dorine accuses of slandering the family's house in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interaction between Orgon and Mariane near the beginning of Act 4.

2. Describe the conversation between Elmire and Tartuffe when she tries to dissuade him from accepting Mariane's hand in marriage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

Discuss the use of comedy in the dialogue and scenery of the play. What are some ways that the dialogue of the play can be deemed comedic? What actions and scenery in the play are comedic? What tone might the author be trying to achieve through the use of comedy?

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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