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 calls Tartuffe a "false Capuchin" in the play?

2. Which of the following does Orgon NOT say regarding Tartuffe during his conversation with Mariane in Act 2?

3. Who does Dorine describe as "nuts" in Act 1?

4. Who hides in the room while Orgon and Mariane talk at the beginning of Act 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the interaction between Mariane and Valere after Dorine brings them back into the room at the end of Act 2.

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

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

7. What does Elmire do just after Tartuffe begins making advances towards her in Act 4?

8. What happens when Tartuffe returns to Orgon's home with an officer?

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

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

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

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 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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