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. Who is the architect of Vaux-le-Vicomte?

2. What is title is Aramis recognized by in Chapter 1?

3. According to Philippe in Chapter 10, who is the mortal enemy of Colbert?

4. Why aren't there fresh horses for Aramis and Porthos when they arrive at Orleans in Chapter 26?

5. In Chapter 19, who does Fouquet claim is the true owner over Vaux?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Valliere give for dissuading the king from arresting Fouquet at the party?

2. Why does Raoul want to go to Africa and join the army?

3. What are the events surrounding D'Artagnan's death?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Mademoiselle Montalais think that Raoul is partly to blame for Louise becoming the mistress to the king?

10. Describe the island of St. Marguerite as it is given in Chapter 31.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme that is accentuated by Dumas throughout "The Man in the Iron Mask" is that of the importance of appearances. Discuss at least three instances where this theme is displayed and comment on what societal commentary Dumas may be making by using this theme.

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

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.

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