The Man in the Iron Mask Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why is Raoul in need of consolation from his father in Chapter 26?

2. What profession does Monsieur Lebrun hold?

3. While D'Artagnan is looking for Aramis in Chapter 19, what does Fouquet do?

4. How much money does Aramis offer to Philippe should he decide to go to Bas-Poitou?

5. What did Aramis send to Philippe in the prison before he freed him from the Bastille?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Raoul and Athos read upon a silver plate they find on Ste. Marguerite?

2. What is unique about the plates that Fouquet eats from?

3. Describe the village of Poitou that Aramis offers Phillippe a humble life of obscurity in.

4. As mentioned in Chapter 8, what did the prisoner, Marchiali, arrive at the Bastile with?

5. How does Athos defend Louise to Raoul in Chapter 25?

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

7. Why does Louis refuse to forgive or pardon Aramis and Porthos even after Fouquet points out that they spared his life?

8. In Chapter 1, Aramis desires the prisoner to become King for what reason?

9. How does Raoul feel about returning to Paris to meet Beaufort before leaving for Africa?

10. How does Anne of Austria respond when she sees both of her sons in the same room in Chapter 24?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, "The Man in the Iron Mask," Dumas sets forth several conflicting views of allegiance. Compare and contrast the specific view on the purpose and importance of allegiance as demonstrated by one of the following character pairings:

a) Fouquet and Aramis

b) King Louis and Philippe

c) Colbert and D'Artagnan

Give specific textual information on how these characters exhibit and come to these views. Also in the conclusion address whether or not you feel that Dumas is purporting one view of allegiance as being correct or true.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Man in the Iron Mask," Dumas utilizes the several historical figures as important characters in the end of the novel. Discuss how the historical basis for these characters as established in literature affect how their characters are viewed in the book.

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