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. When D'Artagnan comes to visit Porthos in Chapter 2, what reason does Porthos give for his melancholy?

2. What is the name of the city where Philippe may choose to live a free life incognito?

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

4. What prompts D'Artagnan to suspect that Aramis is up to something in Chapter 14?

5. Why won't the guard fetch the governor when Louis requests him Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Athos desire to keep Raoul home when Beaufort first asks to take him on his journey to Africa?

2. How does Philippe describe the appearance of Colbert in Chapter 10?

3. Why is the jailer hesitant to tell the governor that the prisoner, Louis XIV, has gone mad and has broken his chair?

4. Although Louis refuses to relent and pardon Fouquet, what service does he do his wife in Chapter 54?

5. Why does Aramis warn Philippe to be careful around Mademoiselle de la Valliere when he takes the place of his brother?

6. What is implied by D'Artagnan's warning manner towards Fouquet in Chapter 38?

7. What type of captain is Beaufort once he arrives in Toulon?

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

9. What possible reason does D'Artagnan suggest for the small size of the secret door leading into the late Madame du Vallon's chamber?

10. Describe Porthos's demeanor when D'Artagnan comes to visit him in Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Duty is a theme throughout "The Man in the Iron Mask." Discuss three different character's views of duty and how it is exhibited by their statements and actions. Based on these accounts of duty, does Dumas create an overarching definition of what duty is?

Essay Topic 3

One recurrent theme in "The Man in the Iron Mask" is that of respect and reverence for authority figures such as Louis and Philippe. Using specific textual examples, compare and contrast at least two approaches or attitudes toward respect and reverence as demonstrated by specific characters. Discuss what if any overarching message Dumas is conveying about the importance or unimportance of respect and reverence.

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