The Man in the Iron Mask 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. 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

What is Alexandre Dumas's writing style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure to discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the strongest literary tools employed by Dumas in "The Man in the Iron Mask" is the use of irony. Give examples of where Dumas has employed verbal, situational or comic irony and discuss in detail how this use of irony has furthered the plot, developed characters or strengthened a theme.

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