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 Orgon when he asks her if she will marry Tartuffe in Act 2?

2. Finish Orgon's description of Tartuffe in Act 2: "He is a holy man and ______ poor."

3. Which character is the first to speak in Act 2?

4. What is the relationship between Elmire and Mariane?

5. What does Orgon say his money could help Tartuffe accomplish during his conversation with Dorine in Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What reason does Orgon give to Elmire excusing why he refuses to believe Damis over Tartuffe?

4. How does Orgon describe Tartuffe during his exchange with Cleante in Act 1?

5. What does Orgon ask Dorine about when he first enters the scene in Act 1?

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

7. 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.

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

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

10. How does Tartuffe talk Orgon into letting him hold some documents for him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the nature of trust in the play. Which characters are presented as trustworthy, and which are not? What purpose does the author have in presenting trust in this way?

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