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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. When Aramis relates the whole conspiracy to Athos in Chapter 26, what is Athos's judgment?

2. Which two people overhear the king tell La Valliere he loves her in Chapter 13?

3. Who does Baisemeaux think that Aramis resembles in Chapter 7?

4. How much money has Fouquet borrowed and not repaid?

5. Why does Philippe totter and seem a bit unstable when he goes for a walk around the carriage in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the cause and outcome of Fontaine's first duel as as recounted by Fontaine in Chapter 6?

2. After D'Artagnan's horse dies from exhaustion, what does he do to continue pursuing Fouquet?

3. In Chapter 41 as the King thinks back on D'Artagnan's service to him, how does he remember it?

4. Why is D'Artagnan perplexed and his conscience not at ease regarding the arrest of Fouquet in Chapter 19?

5. What has Athos been preparing for in Chapter 57 and 58?

6. How does Biscarrat try to convince the captain to let Aramis and Porthos go in Chapter 48?

7. How does Colbert prove to the king that Fouquet has embezzled money from the government?

8. When Fouquet goes to take Aramis's hand before his departure in Chapter 21, what causes him to become horror-stricken?

9. What is unique about Aramis's response to Porthos's death, as described in Chapter 52?

10. When D'Artagnan chides Louise at the grave of Raoul, what is her response?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The theme of love is central to "The Man in the Iron Mask" and has many manifestations. Compare and contrast two approaches to the idea of "what is love" as evidenced by the following characters:

a) Raoul's love for Louise de la Valliere.

b) The King's love for Louise de la Valliere.

c) Athos's love for Raoul.

d) D'Artagnan's love for his friends Aramis, Porthos and Athos.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout "The Man in the Iron Mask" there are several journeys made by different characters. Discuss at least two specific journeys and how they could be viewed as extended metaphors for character development of the characters who undertake these journeys.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Man in the Iron Mask," D'Artagnan serves as an archetypal hero character. Using specific example from the text identifies how Dumas connotes the hero archetype. Is it an effective connotation, why or why not?

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